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Welcome
to #NN16!

Welcome to Netroots Nation 2016! Each year, nearly 3,000


activists and organizers from around the country (and beyond)
come together for a few sleep-deprived, action-packed days.
If this is your first Netroots Nation, we want you to know
that this is a place for sharing ideas and connecting. Its a
place to learn from each other and to uplift and affirm one
another.
Its also a place to be challenged.
The direct action that took place at last years Netroots
Nation challenged many of usincluding the presidential
candidates who were on stageto listen and speak up about
the systemic racism and oppression experienced by far too
many Black men, women and children today.
Listening and speaking up is important, but its not enough.
As progressives, we should be digging deeper and asking
ourselves some tough questions, too. Questions like: How
can I support those who are fighting for liberation? and
What can I do to help shatter systems of oppression?
For those of you on the front lines of this fight, we see you
and we stand with you. And to our LGBTQ brothers and
sisters: Just weeks after the horrifying attack on the LGBT
community in Orlandoon Latinx nightwe want you to
know that we mourn with you. And we as a community will
fight with you.
Liberation for one must be liberation for all. That's why
racial justice is front and center in our agenda this year.
Youll find sessions calling out the policies that cemented
the racism thats still prevalent today, as well as panels that
highlight the powerful organizing being done around the
country in the Movement for Black Lives.

Youll also find lots of content that challenges us to reject


the status quo and build a better movementone thats free
of patriarchy, racism and sexism and centered around the
lives and experiences of the most marginalized.
Youll find panels that cover the usual breadth of progressive
issues and hands-on trainingsmore than 40 of themthat
provide concrete skills you can take back home and apply to
your work. And youll have a chance to learn about and support
the work of local organizers on issues like racial justice and
voting rights.
We feel its just as important to consider which voices are
elevated as whats being said. Thats why the speakers youll
hear from this weekend make up our most diverse group ever:
65 percent are people of color and 65 percent are women.
Thirty-five percent of our panelists are Black, a 17 percent
increase over last year.
You may notice some other changes, too. Instead of prescheduling caucuses, weve decided to open up a number of
rooms and time slots to youthe communityto organize
as you wish. And on the keynote stage, youll have a chance
to dig deep into environmental justice, reproductive justice
and racial justice with sessions organized not by us as staff,
but by those doing the work.
Whether this is your first Netroots Nation or youve been
to every single one, we hope you experience things this
weekend that both challenge you and inspire you to fight
a little harder.

Raven Brooks, Executive Director,


and the Netroots Nation staff

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Friday

910:15 a.m...............Session 1 breakouts

910:15 a.m...............Session 5 breakouts

10 a.m.6 p.m..............Town Square open

10:3011:45 a.m........Morning keynote: Climate


Justice Strategies: Exploring the
Intersections of Climate Change

8 a.m.6 p.m..............Registration desk open

8 a.m.5:15 p.m.........Registration desk open

10:3011:45 a.m........Session 2 breakouts


11:45 a.m.1 p.m.......Break (lunch on your own)

11:30 a.m.5:15 p.m..... Town Square open

12:15 p.m.................Session 3 breakouts

11:451 p.m................. Break (lunch on your own)

2:303:45 p.m............Session 4 breakouts

12:15 p.m.................Session 6 breakouts

45:30 p.m.................Opening keynote with


...................................This Week in Blackness

2:303:45 p.m............Afternoon keynote: The Digital


.....................................CultureSHIFT: Moving from Scale
.....................................to Power to Achieve Racial Justice

6:308 p.m.................You Should Smile More and


.....................................Other Manspirational Things:
.....................................The Lady Parts Justice
.....................................Comedy Show (TWiB Stage)
9:30 p.m.late.............Netroots After Dark:
...................................Sex, Cocktails and Karaoke
...................................sponsored by Planned
.....................................Parenthood Action Fund
.....................................(Off-site: Copia Restaurant)

45:15 p.m.................Session 7 breakouts


4:306 p.m.................Electing a Movement,


.....................................sponsored by EMILY's List
5:156:30 p.m............Candidate Event Reception
...................................hosted by ActBlue and DFA
...................................(Outside rooms 223/224)
5:306:30 p.m............The Pundit's Cup (TWiB Stage)
79 p.m......................Chairman Emeritus' Pub Quiz
...................................sponsored by the DLCC
...................................(General Session Hall 2)
9 p.m.late.................The Addicting Info Party featuring
...................................Warren G and Tef Poe
...................................(Off-site: The Old Rock House)

Saturday

Sunday

910:15 a.m...............Session 8 breakouts

10 a.m.noon................. Sunday Morning Recovery Party


sponsored by Action Network
(Outside rooms 223/224)
Bring your luggage, catch up with friends one last time
and have coffee, a Mimosa or Bloody Mary to get the day
started while our DJ spins some chill morning grooves.

8 a.m.4:30 p.m.........Registration desk open


10:15 a.m.3 p.m.......Town Square open
10:3011:45 a.m.........Morning keynote: Not Your
...................................Wedge Issue: The State
...................................of Abortion Access and
...................................Reproductive Justice
11:45 a.m.1:30 p.m....Break (lunch on your own)
1:302:45 p.m............Session 9 breakouts

9-10 a.m........................ Interfaith Service (Room 225)

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1:303:30 p.m............New Tools Shootout


...................................(Room 229)
34:15 p.m.................Session 10 breakouts
4:306 p.m.................Closing keynote
9 p.m.late.................Fuel the Revolution:
...................................The Closing Night Party
...................................sponsored by Amnesty
...................................International
...................................(Off-site: 400 Washington)

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GETTING AROUND

MAP LEGEND (OFFICIAL VENUES)

HNetroots Nation, America's Center


M Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel

E Embassy Suites St. Louis Downtown


H Holiday Inn St. Louis Downtown

C Copia Restaurant (1122 Washington)


4 400 Washington

Welcome!

To get to Netroots Nation's main events, e nter the America's Center


Convention Complex from Washington Avenue (at the intersection of
North 8th Street). You'll find signs guiding you to the registration area,
Town Square, General Session Hall and breakout rooms.

Transportation

Getting from point A to point B in St. Louis is easy, whether you drive or rely
on taxis or public transit. MetroLink, the regions light rail system, connects
downtown to the airport and many popular attractions and neighborhoods,
while MetroBus can get you almost anywhere.

Beginning at the airport, METROLINK stretches 48 miles through Missouri and


Illinois and includes stops at 37 stations. Trains usually run every seven minutes
during peak hours, and every 10 minutes throughout the rest of the day, and every
15 minutes on weeknights.

Accessibility

If you have a special need, please let


us know and we will do our best to
accommodate you. Volunteers are
available at the registration desk to
assist with mobility issues or other
needs that may arise.
A limited number of scooters are
available for rent at the registration
desk on a first-come, first-served
daily basis. Weve also reserved
some tables in the main hall with
easy access for those with mobility
issues.

METROBUS serves the many municipalities in St. Louis County, and visitors can

access a special MetroBus route that connects downtown to a variety of popular


attractions. Complete information on fares, stations and timetables can be found
at www.metrostlouis.org.
NEED A TAXI? Call ABC and Checker Cab at (314) 725-2111, County Cab/

Yellow Cab at (314) 993-8294 or Laclede Cab Co. at (314) 535-1162.

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The Every Student Succeeds Act will help ensure that


all students, regardless of their ZIP code, will have
the support, tools, and time to learn that they need
to succeed. Help us make sure that educators voices
are part of the decision making process at all levels
visit www.getESSAright.org

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THINGS TO DO IN THE LOU

Local picks
Want to see some of St. Louis during your down time? Got some free
time after the convention winds down? Here are a few suggestions :

The NATIONAL BLUES MUSEUM (615 Washington Avenue, nationalbluesmuseum.org)


pays tribute to the musicians who created Americas roots music and St. Louis
signature sound. Located next door to the Americas Center convention complex,
the newly opened museum features artifacts, interactive exhibits and special
programming that brings the blues to life.

TOP: FOREST PARK, ABOVE: CITY MUSEUM

The CITY MUSEUM (750 North 16th Street, citymuseum.org) reveals a hands-on world
of recycled, artsy fun where kids and adults can climb, slide, create and play in a
giant warehouse of adventure.
As the nations tallest monument, the GATEWAY ARCH (11 North 4th Street) has
welcomed visitors for 50 years with its iconic, awe-inspiring shape. The vision
of architect Eero Saarinen, the Arch celebrates Thomas Jefferson and St. Louis
role in the westward expansion of the United States.
Understanding the economy comes to life in a dynamic way at the INSIDE THE
ECONOMY MUSEUM (One Federal Reserve Bank Plaza, stlouisfed.org/economymuseum).
The free museum immerses visitors in interactive exhibits, games and videos that
cover everything from inflation to the global economy.
Take an afternoon walk at CITYGARDEN (801 Market Street, citygardenstl.org), an
urban oasis that brings together lush landscape, meandering walkways and world
renowned sculpture accentuated by water, stone and architecture. You wont find
walls, fences, admission fees or do not touch signs here.
FOREST PARK (forestparkforever.org), is St. Louis big backyard. Home to amazing

natural areas, restored historic landmarks, hundreds of species of wildlife and


endless opportunities for recreation, this 1,300-acre park attracts more than
13 million visitors each year.

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Got some down time in between sessions? Stop by


the Town Square, located in Hall 1. Here are just a
few of the new and returning fun features youll find:

EXPLORE AND GET INFORMED!


MORE THAN 80 EXHIBITORS. Visit the booths of your favorite
organizations and companiesand get to know some new
ones. If youve entered our mobile app contest, you can garner
big points by stopping by an exhibit booth. Be on the lookout
for exhibitors who are hosting drawings at their booths.
PROGRESSIVE BROADCASTS. Youll see live interviews and
engaging content produced along Radio Row, as well as
on the popular This Week in Blackness stage.

YA GOTTA EAT!
Stop by the CONCESSIONS AREA in the back of the Town
Square (by the game area). Grab a bite to eat and relax
while you charge your devices at the nearby tables.

BE ENTERTAINED
AND CHILL OUT!
On Friday afternoon,
the THIRD ANNUAL
PUNDITS CUP gives
attendees a chance to
deliver their messages
in mock interviews with
progressive media hosts in a bracket-structured challenge.
The final rounds, held on the TWiB Stage, will have an
open bar, as you watch finalists compete for fame, glory,
and a red solo cup stuffed with $500 cash! Sponsored by
Social Security Works and Progressive Voices, with support
from Franklin Forum.

Town Square Hours

TOWN SQUARE INFO

Join us in the
Town Square!

Thursday, 10 a.m.6 p.m.


Friday, 11:30 a.m. 5:15 p.m.
Saturday, 10:15 a.m.3 p.m.

Relax and recharge in the always


popular LOUNGE. Settle into a
comfy couch and jump online
with free wifi. And dont fret,
power chargers abound here.
The CHAIR MASSAGE booth is
a Town Square favorite. Visit
these talented massage therapists
and let them work on those sore
muscles while you get refreshed!
Grab a friend and have fun playing TABLE TENNIS or SHOOT
SOME HOOPS in our ever-growing Game Area.
Its 65 million years in the making!
King of the Dinosaurs T-REX will be
wandering our Town Square. Stop by
and take a selfie!

AND DONT FORGET ...


You can purchase a Netroots Nation
2016 T-SHIRT or pick up your
REGISTRATION BAG at the Netroots Nation booth in the
back of the Town Square.

NEW THIS YEAR! Take a break from the panels and trainings
and sit in on some fun skill share sessions, presented on the
SHARE PROGRESS STAGE. Most sessions will take place during
scheduled panel and training breaks. Have you always wanted to learn to salsa dance? Want to run your own Createa-Thon? Curious about tackling winter biking? Join us for
short half-hour sessions, have some fun and pick up a skill at
the same time! Oh, and did we mention the stage is right by
the concessions and the game area in the Town Square?

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Learning Opportunities

Netroots Nation is a place for:

How to Have a Conversation About Race Without Everyone


Running Out of the Room

Welcome to Netroots Nation! Each year, nearly 3,000 activists


and organizers from around the country (and beyond!) come
together to connect, share and learn.

Sharing ideas and experiences


Connecting with others in the movement
Learning from each other and sharing best practices
Uplifting and affirming each other
Netroots Nation is NOT a place for:
Personal attacks or put-downs
Hostility, threats or harassment
Any use of threats or violence is NOT permitted and will
result in the immediate revocation of credentials.
We encourage freedom of expression, including the right to
peacefully protest, and recognize that such actions can be
vital to shifting the political conversation. At the same time,
we aim to ensure that all attendees can take full advantage
of all opportunities available at this conference.
If a protest is disruptive or sustained, we reserve the right
to relocate the action to another space so the program can
continue.

How You Can Help

We aim to create an affirming and inclusive space where


every attendee is valued and respected. Creating such a space
is a group responsibility. Here are a few ways you can help:
During social events and discussions, encourage others to
join in. Keep an empty chair or open space in your circle for
newcomers to help them feel welcome.
Make space for others in your conversations. If you notice
people dominating a discussion, ask for feedback from
quieter attendees.
Cut one another some slack. Not everyone comes from the
same shared knowledge base or social framework.
Aim to learn from differences of perspective. Ask questions
and share insights with an open heart.
Avoid dismissing the ideas of others, even if they do not
align with your personal beliefs.

Our agenda features a number of trainings and panels that


challenge us all to create a truly inclusive movement. Be sure
to check out these sessions:

Moving Beyond White Guilt: How to Talk to Whites about


Systemic Racism
Rejecting the Pale, Male and Stale Leadership Pipeline:
A Roadmap to Building Inclusive Organizations
Moving into Action: Raising the Bar for Co-conspirators
The Progressive Movement Has a Sexual Assault and
Harassment Problem. Now What?
Forming Your Squad: Fighting Gender Bias in the Progressive
Tech/Data Space
Living and Working Our Values: Dismantling Rape Culture
in Progressive Spaces and Ending Sexual Harassment and
Violence at Work
We also have several rooms blocked out for self-organizing.
These rooms can be used for caucuses, roundtable discussions
or small group sessions and can be designated as open sessions
or closed spaces. Just look for the sign-up board outside rooms
230/231/232 to reserve a room and time.

LGBTQPOC Chill Space

For the first year ever, there will be an LGBTQ people of


color (POC) safe space for the duration of the conference.
The LGBTQPOC Chill Space welcomes LGBTQ people
of color for coffee, snacks and drinks throughout the conference. The broader community and allies are invited for
curated conversations critical to LGBTQPOC communities
every night at 5:30 p.m. The LGBTQPOC Chill Space will
provide a safe space for queer, bi and trans people of color to
heal and grieve with each other after #Orlando, while also
providing a space to self-organize further solidarity among
LGBTQIA leaders of color via a new LGBTQPOC only
mailing list, Slack channel and Facebook group.
The LGBTQPOC Chill Space is co-sponsored by The BiNet
USA Bi Stories Project, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance/
Institute for Asian Pacific American Leadership & Advancement,
QPEN, The Strength in Numbers Project, and the Working Families
Party People of Color Caucus.

Contact Us

Got a question, concern or feedback? Were here to help!


You can contact the Netroots Nation staff via email at
nn16help@netrootsnation.org.

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COMMUNITY GUIDELINES

Ground Rules

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Netroots Nation is committed to creating a safe, inclusive


space for all our attendeesregardless of sexual orientation,
gender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion, age, physical
limitations, immigration status or economic status. We strive
to create a community grounded in solidarity, equality and
respect.
It is our collective responsibility to ensure that each member
of that community feels welcomed and respected. Harassment,
discrimination, violence and bigotry create feelings of fear,
uneasiness, humiliation and discomfort. Even if our actions
are not intentionally hurtful, what we say and do can hurt
others or make them feel uncomfortable.

We want our attendees to have a great time, but please


remember that sexual consent is always essential. And if
you use alcohol, please do so safely. Alcohol use is never an
excuse to disrespect, harass or harm others, and someone
who is intoxicated may not be able to give their consent.
If you need to report an incident to the police, please call
the St. Louis Police Department at 314-231-1212. You can
also call RAINNs National Sexual Assault Hotline at
800-656-HOPE (4673), and SurvJustice.org provides legal
guidance to survivors of sexual violence.
Netroots Nation reserves the right to revoke, without refund,
the credential of any attendee not in compliance with this policy.

Sexual harassment is a form of sexual violence. Sexual


harassment is any unwanted attention of a sexual nature.
Examples may include remarks about another persons
appearance or dress, unwanted flirtations, touching someone without their permission, unwanted sexual pressure,
verbal abuse and name calling.

Bi/Pan/Fluid/Queer (Bi+) Etiquette


Being openly supportive of the bisexual community helps
create a space where we can all be our full selves. Here are
some pointers on being an ally:
Use inclusive language. Instead of gay rights or gay
marriage try equal rights and marriage equality.
Respect peoples privacy and boundaries. Accept you might
never fully understand someone elses sexuality, and thats OK.
Recognize that bisexuality is often invisibilized/delegitimized,
so bi/pan/fluid people usually have to come out over and
over, sometimes to the same people. And many face similar
discrimination and obstacles as gays and lesbians with regard
to issues like job security, healthcare and adoption.
Keep in mind that bisexual transgender individuals can
experience intersections between biphobia and transphobia
and also report higher levels of violence, poverty and poorer
health in their lifetimes.
Do not insist that a gender non-conforming/trans person
or their partners must discard their bisexual identity label
and use another label. Do not accuse someone of being
transphobic or non inclusive of transgender and gender non
conforming people for using the label bisexual. This harms
and erases trans/gender non-conforming bisexuals.
Recognize the way that specific relationships function is
independent of sexual orientation. Be positive about all
relationshipsmonogamous, polyamorous, or anything else.

Transgender Etiquette

Please do not assume anyones gender, even people you may


have met in the past. A persons external appearance may
not match their internal gender identity. Pay attention to
a persons purposeful gender expression. Its polite to ask:
What pronoun do you prefer? or How do you identify?
before using pronouns or gendered words. Or better yet, ask
for their name.
One way of acknowledging transgender peoples needs is to
designate restrooms as gender neutral. In bathrooms, many
transgender people face harassment, so please let everyone
pee in peace.
We have designated some bathrooms in the Convention
Center as gender neutral. These restrooms are located
on the first floor in the back of the Town Square near
concessions. On the second floor there are two sets, one
behind Room 232 and the other in front of Room 220.
Please listen to transgender peoples needs and stories when
they are volunteered; yet please respect peoples privacy and
boundaries and do not ask unnecessary questions.
Lets join the many hardworking allies who are working
to respond appropriately to transphobic situations. Respectful allies who learn from and with transgender people and
then educate others are important for successful transgender
liberation.

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Nathaniel Charny
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Mary Rickles Conley (@merickles)
Communications Director
Carolyn Dulchinos (@carolyndulch)
Deputy Development Director
Will Easton (@willeaston)
Volunteer Coordinator
Melissa Foley (@melfoley)
Director of Training & Mentoring
Karen Kolber (@karenkolber)
Development Director
Linda Lee (@bcogal)
Town Square Manager
Alisa Roost (@alisaroost)
Stage Manager

Netroots Nation
Board of Directors
Arshad Hasan (@arshadhasan), Chair
Adam Bonin (@adambonin), Secretary
Adam Lambert (@clammyc), Treasurer
Cheryl Contee (@ch3ryl)
Gina Cooper (@ginacooper)

THE NHN TEAM

Staff & Support Team

Jackie Mahendra (@jaxsun)

Netroots Foundation
Board of Directors

Joel Silberman (@joelsilberman), Chair


Michael Moschella (@mikemoschella), Secretary
Nathaniel Charny, Treasurer
Darcy Burner (@darcyburner)

Bo Shuff (@boshuff)
Registration Desk Lead

Kety Esquivel (@ketye)

Steve Stearns (@sterno)


Lead Photographer

Mike Lux (@progressivelux)

Dr. Gabriela Lemus (@gabrieladlemus)

Tanya Tarr (@nerdette)


Senior Mentor, New Media Mentors
Eric Thut (@ericthut)
Operations Director
Nolan Treadway (@nolan)
Political and Logistics Director
Elon James White (@elonjames)
Media Director

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Champions
Mustafa Abdullah

Amber Flame

Sarah MacAvery

Montague Simmons

Eyad Alkurabi

Adrian Garcia

Jackie Mahendra

Richard Allen Smith

Beth Allen

Daniel Goldman

Julie Menter

Steve Stearns

Dan Ancona

Doug Gordon

Pamela Merritt

Evan Sutton

Nick Berning

Ted Gotsch

An Xiao Mina

Laura Swinford

Adam Bonin

Adam Green

Heidi Mitchell

Sonya Renee Taylor

Mel Braman

Molly Haigh

Michael Moschella

Chris Thomas

Lizz Brown

Bill Harnsberger

Barbara Mullins

Ali Thome

Darcy Burner

Thomas Harvey

Ali Newman

Kelly Thome

Tia Byrd

Arshad Hasan

Hemly Ordonez

Michael Thome

Charles Chamberlain

Erin Hofteig

Kirstin Palovick

Sierra Thut

Nathaniel Charny

Heather Holdridge

Crystal Patterson

Spencer Thut

Faith Cheltenham

Sue Hyde

Steph Perkins

Trish Tobin

Marj Connelly

Bassey Ikpi

Liza Pike

Bridget Todd

Cheryl Contee

Rev. Deth Im

Frank Polito

Jackie Tortora

Gina Cooper

Edrie Irvine

Jim Pugh

Rika Tyler

Kevin Costello

Sayer Johnson

Andrea Purse

Richard von Glahn

Nancy Cross

Justin Krebs

Whitney Rearick

Elon James White

Malkia Cyril

Adam Lambert

Chris Reeves

Emily Epstein White

Dan Damman

Derek Laney

Anglique Roch

Sidney White

Justin DeFreitas

Alex Lawson

Justin Robinson

angel Kyodo williams

Teddy Dulchinos

Linda Lee

Jamala Rogers

L. Joy Williams

Zoe Dulchinos

Jason Lefkowitz

Mike Rogers

Dara M. Wilson

Will Easton

Denise Leiberman

Alisa Roost

Kayla Wingbermuehle

Kimberly "Dr. Goddess" Ellis

Dr. Gabriela Lemus

Anne Savage

Lizz Winstead

Kety Esquivel

Brad Lippmann

Karen Scott

Andrew Wolff

Chai Feldblum

Jamie Long

Cathy Sherwin

Kim Yaman

Sara Fernandez

Tim Lumpkins

Bo Shuff

MoKaBe's Coffeehouse

Carolyn Fiddler

Mike Lux

Joel Silberman

THANKS

Huge thanks to the following folks for their support and assistance over the past year:

SPECIAL
THANKS
to all of our amazing volunteers!
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our values, and we must respond to him and what he is stoking
as suchwith a nonviolent movement grounded in love and
connectedness that ensures that he never comes anywhere
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MoveOn members will work to ensure that there will never be
a President Trump, and perhaps even more importantly, make
clear to every other politician and every person in the United
States that racist, misogynist demagoguery is a dead-end
political strategy that most Americans reject.
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Jenifer Fernandez Ancona

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Sarah Audelo

Doug Gordon

Chris Massicotte

Ginny Simmons

Travis Ballie

Stephanie Grasmick

Julie Menter

Erica Smiley

Beth Becker

Adam Green

Pamela Merritt

Sabrina Stevens

Zahra Billoo

Greg Greene

Stephen Miles

Katie Stuckenschneider

Adam Bonin

Lisa Hayes

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Tanya Tarr

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Olivia Chow

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Jim Pugh

Brian Young

Cheryl Contee

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The Daily Show co-creator and LPJ co-founder Lizz Winstead has
gathered some of the most hilarious comics working today to create
a multimedia comedy show that uses stand-up, sketch and videos to
expose the sexism and anti-abortion extremism that dominates our
political and social landscapes. The LPJ team hilariously reminds us
of the challenges that come with walking the earth with a uterus in
2016. Starring Lizz Winstead, Leah Bonnema (IFCs Comedy Drop),
Joyelle Johnson (Wyatt Cenacs Night Train) and UCB theatres
sketch group Buzz Off, Lucille.

After our first Pub Quiz in 2007, the New York Times Katherine Q.
Seelye apologetically had to explain to her readers that our participants
were not booing Mother Theresa herself; only the fact that almost
no one had correctly identified her as the answer to a question.
For our tenth anniversary quiz, well aim higher. It started as a
simple political trivia contest among friends, but has morphed into
a raucous celebration of our Netroots community. Well supply the
refreshments, prizes, and a lot of good trivia; you bring the teams of
8-10 and the chanting, but please, for the love of God, leave the
vuvuzelas at home. Do not throw away your shot. (Dont have a team?
No problem: theyll form on-site as well.) Sponsored by the DLCC.

You Should Smile More and Other


Manspirational Things:
The Lady Parts Justice Comedy Show

T H U R S D AY, 9 : 3 0 P. M . , O F F - S I T E

SPECIAL EVENTS

Netroots After Dark:


Sex, Cocktails and Karaoke

Join us for whats become an annual tradition at Netroots Nation!


Whether you cant hold a tune or have ambitions to be on The Voice,
we want you on that stage. Drink tickets to get you in the singing
mood will be provided. This event will be held at Copia Restaurant
(1122 Washington Ave.), just a few blocks from the convention
center and HQ hotels. Sponsored by Planned Parenthood Action Fund.
F R I D AY, 4 : 3 0 P. M . , R O O M 2 2 9

Electing a Movement

Black women have been at the forefront of the Movement for Black
Lives, demanding that the voices of their community be represented
at all levels of government. Through political and grassroots activism,
these activists have successfully brought the issues of economic inequality
and criminal justice reform to the attention of all Americans. Join
Tishaura Jones, City of St. Louis Treasurer; Cora Faith Walker,
candidate for Missouri House District 74; and other special guests
as they discuss why they chose public office and the policies they will
work to implement in their official capacities. EMILYs List believes in
a representative democracy, which is why we work to elect pro-choice
Democratic women running for office, including women like these
panelists who have diverse perspectives. Sponsored by EMILY's List.
F R I D AY, 5 : 1 5 P. M . , O U T S I D E R O O M S 2 2 3 - 2 2 4

Candidate Happy Hour

ActBlue and Democracy for America are proud to present the annual
Netroots Nation Candidate Happy Hour, featuring progressive
candidates from around the country. Sponsored by ActBlue and Democracy
for America.
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The Pundits Cup

The Third Annual Pundit's Cup gives Netroots Nation attendees a


chance to deliver their message in mock interviews with real progressive media hosts in a bracket-structured challenge. The final rounds
will have an open bar, as we watch the finalists compete for fame,
glory, and a red solo cup stuffed with $500 cash! Sponsored by Social
Security Works and Progressive Voices, with support from Franklin Forum.

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The Addicting Info Party featuring


Warren G and Tef Poe

Come to the Addicting Info Party, our official Friday Night party!
Tef Poe, one of the countrys best underground rappers, will be there
using his lyrics to promote social justice. Hell open for Warren G, a
California-based triple platinum-selling rapper and producer often
associated with the famous g-funk sound that resulted in hits like
Regulate and This DJ. This event will be held at the Old Rock
House (1200 S 7th St.), about a mile south of the convention center
and hotels. Shuttles will be provided for those who need transportation.
Sponsored by Addicting Info, a news site with a progressive slant.
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New Tools Shootout

Come learn about the latest voting, organizing, campaigning, makethe-world-a-better-place technology solution and vote for the best
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Fuel the Revolution: The Closing Night Party

We know #NN16 will inspire you to head home and change the world.
But before you go, come party one last time with us! Enjoy live music,
cold drinks, warm hugs and more with new friends and old at our
closing night party featuring Bell's Roar, Ryan Harvey and Son of Nun.
The party is at 400 Washington. Special thanks to Firebrand Records.

Sponsored by Amnesty International.

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Interfaith Service

Take a look at the spiritual roots of activism in different traditions and get
inspired before you head home.Open to people of all faiths and no faith.
S U N D AY, 1 0 A . M . , O U T S I D E R O O M S 2 2 3 - 2 2 4

Sunday Morning Recovery Party

Bring your luggage, catch up with friends one last time and have coffee,
a Mimosa, or Bloody Mary to get the day started while DJ Dan Ancona
spins some chill morning grooves. Sponsored by Action Network.

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NOTE: All keynotes are in General Session, Hall 2. Not all speakers were confirmed at press time.
Check the mobile app or website for the latest information.

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The systematic oppression of people of African descent is woven into


the fabric of the United States and its institutions. The uprising in
Ferguson following the killing of Michael Brown was a pivotal moment in
the ongoing movement against Americas system of policing, which is
responsible for the killings of countless Black lives. Join This Week in
Blackness to hear from local and national organizers in Ferguson and
around the country who are working to resist, empower and build.

As activism for police accountability, fair wages, just immigration, and


more takes center stage, social justice movements are using technology
to achieve greater scale and reach wider audiences. In an age of big
data and digital technology, do these strategies build power for longterm social change or are they helping maintain the status quo? Does
the Internet disrupt racism or enforce a new era of Jim Crow?

F R I D AY, 1 0 : 3 0 A . M .

Climate Justice Strategies: Exploring the


Intersections of Climate Change

The topic of climate change often brings to mind images of melting


glaciers and starving polar bears. For too long weve failed to connect the
direct impact of environmental injustices, including climate change,
on our lives, families, and communities. The effects of climate change
are widespread: people die from exposure to toxins from coal fired
power plants and are sickened from breathing toxic ash from mountain
top removal. Drought and flooding impact the availability of nutritious
food and increase the likelihood that those in flood-prone cities will
lose their homes and livelihoods. And communities of color and lowincome communities are usually hit the hardest.
Join us for a plenary session on the intersection of climate change
and environmental justice and a look at what needs to happen to stem
the effects of climate change for our most vulnerable communities.
Youll hear from Tom Steyer, president of NextGen Climate; Jacqui
Patterson, director of the NAACPs Environmental and Climate
Justice Program; Green for All Executive Director Vien Truong;
and Anthony Rogers-Wright, Policy and Organizing Director for
Environmental Action.

The Digital CultureSHIFT: Moving from


Scale to Power to Achieve Racial Justice

Join us for a plenary roundtable on the digital politics of race as we


discuss these questions and more. Youll hear from leaders on the frontlines of the 21st Century movement for racial justice and civil rights,
including Color of Changes Rashad Robinson, Linda Sarsour
of MPower, Shanelle Matthews of Black Lives Matter, Malkia
Cyril of the Center for Media Justice, and Joe Torres of Free Press.
Moderated by Samhita Mukhopadhyay of mic.com and hosted in
partnership with the Center for Media Justice, based on their report
The Digital Culture Shift, How the Internet is Shaping Social Change,
and Social Change is Shaping the Internet.
S AT U R D AY, 1 0 : 3 0 A . M .

Not Your Wedge Issue: The State of Abortion


Access and Reproductive Justice

Abortion is not a wedge issue. Abortion is health care, a constitutionally


guaranteed right that for far too many people in far too many states is
now a right in name only. Join us as we explore the state of abortion
access and reproductive justice. Hear from reproductive justice and
abortion rights activists about their work, what's at stake and how we
can move from celebrating compromise as victory to winning.

Self-organized sessions

Organize your own caucus or discussion at NN16! Just look for the sign-up
board outside rooms 230/231/232 to reserve a room and time.
Choose from three types of sessions:
r Geographic/Issue/Idea Roundtable
Facilitated discussions on an issue area or around an idea. All are welcome to attend and participate.

r Open Identity Caucus


Discussions led and centered on specific identities, but are open to all.

r Closed Identity Caucus


Discussions led and centered on specific identities, but are limited to those who so affiliate.

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KEYNOTES

Opening Keynote with This Week in Blackness

S E S S I O N 1 ( T H U R S D AY, 9 1 0 : 1 5 A . M . )
AFT's Student Debt Clinic [Sponsored Panel]
Room 221
In this session, attendees will be educated on the systemic injustices of
our current student debt national crisis. Participants are encouraged to
shift their perspectives and stop seeing student debt as just a personal
issue, but rather a shared national crisis that will require collective
action to address. We'll guide you through enrolling in Income-Driven
Repayment programs and Public Service Loan Forgiveness, two underutilized programs that work in tandem to lower payments and forgive debt.
Ask a Latina
Room 222
In the 2016 election cycle, the Latino and immigrant communities have
been demonized by Donald Trump. However, this framework and racism
has been driving policy in America for generations. Meet Latinas who are
challenging the national discourse and owning perceived wedge issues to
tackle the biggest issues of our time. As the Latino community continues
to grow, something is shifting and we've found power at the intersections.
Hear from some wise Latinas about how to forge a path forward.
#BlackWomenLead: The Role and Importance of
Black Women Organizers
Room 224
From the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement to the impact Black
people have on social media with platforms such as #BlackTwitter to the
rising number of Black women running for office, it is clear that Black
women's work and voices in the progressive movement are monumental
and significant. The discussion will focus on two elementshow Black
women have shaped current social movements such as racial justice,
criminal justice reform and reproductive justice; and how Black women
have emerged as the largest voting bloc in the U.S. Panelists will engage
the audience on why Black women matter in transforming our country.
Climate Messages That Work: We Did the Polling
so You Don't Have To
Room 220
We all know the right messages to get the environmental activist base
on board with taking action on climate change. Now, what are the most
compelling ways to talk to a broader audience to engage them in the
fight for a just transition to a clean energy future? NextGen Climate has
worked with pollsters, researchers and allied organizations to identify
the best messages that work for diverse audiences. By talking about a
just transition to a clean energy future, we know we can broaden the
intersectionality of the climate movement. Come hear from message
experts and organizers from the field as they discuss how we can
broaden our movement through better messaging and engagement.
Defeating Trump: How Our Side Will Unite and
Win the 2016 Presidential Election
Room 223
The Democratic presidential primary has been intense. But nothing
will be more intense, scary, and destructive than a Donald Trump
White House. We all know that. Come hear how our side will unite
and win the 2016 presidential election. Panelists include senior leaders
from the Democratic presidential campaign, SEIU, Progressive Change
Campaign Committee, NARAL, and MoveOn. Folks on both sides of
the democratic primary. People on the inside and outside. If voters hear
our message on wealth inequality, the fight for Black Lives, women's
access to abortion and health services, debt-free college, expanding
Social Security, Wall Street reform, a humane immigration policy,
and fighting Trump's hate-filled agendawe will win.

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Galvanizing the Forces: Moving Forward in the Disability


and LGBT Rights Movements
Room 227
We'll explore how three distinct forceslaw, practices on the ground
and social normsmust be deployed to achieve social change. Using
the disability and LGBT rights movements as examples, well discuss
the types of discrimination people with disabilities and LGBT people
face and how these movements are similar, and uncover new ways to
protect LGBT people under existing law. Plus, well offer insights into
how to deploy law, practices and social norms in a synergistic fashion to
advance social justice goals.
Personnel is Policy: Making Progress in an Era
of Congressional Gridlock
Room 226
Congress is messed up. How can activists push the government to
address pressing problems amidst political polarization and gridlock?
As Sen. Warren noted at last year's Netroots Nation, "personnel is policy."
One way is to make sure that the president aggressively enforces
powerful laws already on the books. From the Sherman Antitrust Act
and Clean Air Act to Dodd-Frank and the ACA, regulatory action
and inaction shape the country in which we live. Join us to learn how
activists can impact the direction of the executive branch.
Rethinking the Municipal Court System: How to Move
Money from Police and Courts to Services that Make
Our Communities Safe and Prosperous
Room 225
In low-income, Black communities disenfranchised by the criminal legal
system, millions are spent each year on courts and police that could be
invested in public services to meet basic needs of the community and
combat inequity. What if we could empower community members to
envision how they would like resources to be spent to promote genuine
public safety? What would it look like to hold political officials accountable to these community-led visions? Join St. Louis organizers as we
chart a path to redirect resources from traditional policing and court
models into public services that meet basic needs of the community.

SESSIO N 2 ( T H UR SDAY, 10:3011:45 A . M . )


Beyond the Like: Creative Content for Success on Facebook
[Sponsored Panel]
Room 223
Wondering how to take your Facebook content to the next level? How
to create and plan content to maximize your reach and impact? Join a
session with Facebook strategists to see the latest trends, understand the
newest tools, and get the most out of your time on Facebook.
Black Women and Storytelling: How Centering Black Women's
Experiences Can Move Policy and Shape Culture [Voter Pick]
Room 222
Storytelling is one of the most sought-after ways to change cultural and
political landscapes; however, sometimes the ways in which stories are
collected, shared, and used can replicate the same systems of oppression
we seek to disrupt. How can centering Black women's expertise in
storytelling and story sharing move policy and culture? Participants will
leave this session with an understanding on how to approach, respect,
and uplift the expertise of Black women storytellers.
Fear Trumping Reason: Reclaiming America's Brain
from Right-Wing Media Manipulators [Voter Pick]
Room 228
In order to break the toxic grip that Fox and other right-wing outlets
hold over so many of our fellow Americans, we need to have a deeper
understanding of how right-wing media manipulators work, what
forces enable their continued success, and how to fight The Fox Effect."
Attend this session and youll leave with insights, tools, techniques, and
motivation to help counter the misinformation and divisive influence
of right-wing media in our relationships, politics and culture.

From 'Saying Abortion Aloud' to UndocuQueer:


A Discussion of Storytelling Genres and Methods
Room 227
We've seen that storytelling can give visibility to the invisible, destigmatize experiences considered controversial, and mobilize social justice
movements. Join us as people with diverse identities and experiences
discuss their strategies for relating personal stories through art, social
media, spoken word, and other genres to achieve innovative activism.
Networked Change: Real Stories and Research from
the Front Lines of Today's Most Successful Movements
Room 224
NetChange Consulting recently released a report that maps the
strategies and practices that made todays most successful advocacy
campaigns work. The result of a deep dive into nearly 50 case studies,
the Networked Change report puts a special focus on what were calling
directed network campaigns, a model for building people-powered
movements that are centrally framed and managed in a way that leads to
staying power and concrete wins. Whats a directed network campaign?
Look no further than #Fightfor15, BlackLivesMatter, Keystone/Tar
Sands/climate and Bernie Sanders. We'll unpack the strategic and
operational elements common to these campaigns, and share stories
from the front lines of these innovative campaigns.
Refugee Rights: How the Anti-Immigrant and Anti-Muslim
Movements Target Refugees (and What We Can Do)
Room 225
This year has seen an unprecedented rise in the political targeting of
refugeesfrom bigoted rhetoric to xenophobic legislation on the state
and federal levels. Fear-mongering from Trump and other politicians
has opened up space for anti-refugee sentiment to move into the
mainstream, but the groundwork for this explosion of bigotry was
laid by the increasing collaboration of the organized anti-immigrant
and anti-Muslim movements. We'll expose the drivers of anti-refugee
policy and rhetoric and discuss how our communities can fight back.
The LGBTQ Movement: Where Do We Go from Here?
Room 226
Join us for a forward-thinking conversation about the future of the
LGBTQ movement. Now that marriage is the law of the land, what
issues will be priority in the next year? In the next 5? We'll talk about
the future of the L, G, B, T and Q movements and how each of the issues
differ. We'll discuss how we expand the circle of LGBT leaders beyond
the current crop of mostly white, male leadership and brainstorm how
we can center more of our work on the experiences of queer people of color.
The Progressive Movement Has a Sexual Assault
and Harassment Problem. Now What?
Room 221
We have a rape culture problem in the progressive movement. After
the high-profile closure of FitzGibbon Media and the rise of a survivorjustice movement, addressing everyday sexism, sexual harassment and
assault in the movement has become a hot topic. But how do we fix
it? The reality is this abuse is not just the product of a few isolated
actors, but the result of a permissive and often supportive culture in
our organizations. Serial abusers move from one group to another

for years, making our movement a toxic and sometimes dangerous


place. This panel will discuss how to address this issue, what a positive
structured response could look like and how to make our progressive
organizations and movement safer.

S E S S I O N 3 ( T H U R S D AY, 1 2 : 1 5 P. M . )
#BlackQueerMagic: Black Feminism & Pop Culture as Resistance
Room 224
This panel will center Black women and femmes who describe their
experiences, Black feminist resistance and popular culture analysis to
dissect and examine the ways in which Black women are constantly
surviving violence, voyeurism and erasure, while being the most important
demographic for political shifting and public policy implementation.
From Beyonc getting us InFormation to Love & Hip Hop politicking,
there is a power and politicization within popular culture that is created
by Black women and femmes that links to how public policy around
Black women and femme bodies is shaped. Topics addressed in this
panel include public policy, reproductive and sexual rights, consent,
#BLM and labor/wage justice.
Coalitions: The Key to Survival When You're the
Superminority in the State Capitol
Room 228
Join Progress Missouri and leaders from four coalition partners to discuss
the importance of building strong coalitions and sticking together in
the face of seemingly non-stop attacks. Attendees will come away with
new strategies and ideas for their organizations to surviveand even
thrivewhen operating in states where they are part of a significantly
out-numbered minority. This discussion will bring to light debates, strategies, disagreements and solutions necessary for carrying out the missions
of progressive organizations in the very real world of red state politics.
Economic Violence and the Black Jobs Crisis
Room 225
We have a Black jobs crisis on our handsand the impact that race has
played in our ability to obtain employment has devastated many of our
communities. From Black unemployment rates in the double digits to
the severe underemployment of Black transgender women, this panel
will discuss the history of our economy built on slave labor, the current
crisis the Black community faces as we strive for full employment, and
actions our organizations and communities can take as we look forward
to true employment equity.
Guerilla Comms: How to Organize a (Cost-effective) Plan that
Gets Maximum Exposure for your Cause [Sponsored Panel]
Room 223
Momentum is key to 21st Century movements. Whether built over years
or in days, campaign velocity necessitates effective planning and real-time
response to situations on the ground. Bridging the gap between your
offline and online advocacy efforts can be made easy with the right
technology and strategy. Budget constraints should no longer dictate the
reach or size of your campaign. Join us to hear from seasoned experts
who have developed a blueprint for winning campaigns.
Into the Hornet's Nest: How Women of Color are Leading
the Fight Against the Hyde Amendment [Voter Pick]
Room 220
For 40 years the Hyde Amendment has targeted poor women, women
of color, and young women by banning abortion coverage from Medicaid,
condemning many to unsafe procedures or unwanted pregnancies.
Women of color in the reproductive justice movement have risen up to
take on Hydeand with it, 40 years of stigma and silence. In five years,
organizations like All* Above All introduced the EACH Woman Act
and proactive state and local policies and mobilized thousands of grassroots supporters to stand up against Hyde. Learn how we're braving a
political hornet's nest and where we're going next with this fight.

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PANELS BY SESSION

Fighting Back in the Gig Economy: Strategies to Build


Worker Power from Immigrants and People of Color
Room 220
This panel will explore the exploitation present within an economy that
is moving further and further away from traditional employer/employee
relationships. Whether we call it the "gig" economy, the perma-temp
economy or just plain messed up, the fact remains that immigrants
and people of color have been experiencing this structure within the
economy for generations. They are the best source on how to build
worker power and demand change. Come explore the different ways
non-traditional workers are fighting for a new social contract.

New Models to Fund Movements


Room 227
The old funding models have stopped working well for 21st Century
progressive movements, but the new ways are still being created. Join
this session for an informative and dynamic discussion about some new
models for funding movement-building work that are being created
among progressive donor networks, individual small-dollar donors, and
social-change organizations themselves. In this moment, progressive
movements need money on a scale that matters and that allows organizations to employ the strategies they deem necessary to empower
people and winin policy and culture. Join us and help reinvent
what it means to be a movement philanthropist.
Religious Exemptions and Bathroom Panic:
How to Defeat Anti-LGBTQ Legislation in the States
Room 222
The 2015 Supreme Court decision in favor of marriage equality inspired
a backlash of discriminatory bills against the LGBTQ community from
state to state. This harmful legislation most frequently includes religious
exemption bills and bathroom regulations directly targeting the transgender community. The ultimate goal of these bills is to prevent transgender
people from transitioning, or even functioning, on a day-to-day basis.
Join us to hear from advocates and activists on how to address and defeat
these bills and how to respond if you live in a state where one has passed.
We'll also discuss how to challenge them in court.
The Past Year in Digital Testing: Where We've Come From
and Where to Go in 2016
Room 226
In the past year, organizations across the progressive space have done
amazing work measuring the digital tactics and tools that do and don't
work for a variety of persuasion and mobilization campaigns. Learn
from some of the cutting edge techniques that agencies and vendors are
building and using to optimize programsand the outstanding questions
that organizations should keep top of mind for planning in 2016.
The Poli-tech Startup: Working through Challenges [Voter Pick]
Room 221
Many of the challenges facing progressive political tech startups are
unique. VCs are inherently skeptical of poli-tech and the measure of
early success is often much different than it is in Silicon Valley. Whether
you're weighing a startup or are already past the early stage, this session
will offer insight from entrepreneurs at all stages of the startup cycle.

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Flint and Detroit Public Schools: Disasters for Democracy
and Public Health
Room 223
Flint and Detroit Public Schools were both assigned the same Emergency
Manager, and in both cases, infrastructure crumbled, resulting in disastrous
impact on local communities. In Flint, residents were subject to leadpoisoned water, and in Detroit, students were exposed to toxic mold in
their schools. Democracy was subverted by law, and communities had
an unrepresentative manager who did not respond to their needs. We'll
examine the underlying issues of democracy and austerity and talk about
how to prevent disasters like these in the future.
Healing Justice, Love & Liberation: Is The Movement Killing You?
Room 220
Front-line activists face increasing amounts of stress, pressure and
violence or threats of violence in their daily work. With the urgency of
our work so acute, it can feel selfish to take care and do essential healing
work for ourselves.But love is justice and justice is loveespecially
when that love means developing practices of self-care and healing that
are as expansive as our vision and as rigorous as our task.Engaging and
creating communities that help us find space to develop personal practices
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strategies and tools to show up for the work that needs be done, while
creating the space needed to heal, care for and resource ourselves so we
can thrive along the way.
Moving Beyond Brogressives: Ensuring Economic Justice
Includes Reproductive Justice
Room 222
It's 2016. Why are we still seeing male dominance within the progressive
movement? It's not uncommon to see issues of particular importance to
womenespecially reproductive health, rights, and justicesidelined
as "social issues" while the progressive agenda is defined by economic
issues that are framed as somehow separate. Yet reproductive and
sexual self-determination are core economic issues, as is freedom from
identity-based discrimination. In this panel, we'll talk about why the
movement can and must move beyond brogressives, mansplaining and
unhelpful comments targeting activists who speak up on Twitter, and
discuss how we can work toward greater inclusion and an agenda that
offers meaningful opportunity to everyone.
Pop! Goes the Hegemony: Activists Taking on the
Entertainment Industryand Winning
Room 224
Save Kesha!, #OscarsSoWhite and & #StopWhiteWashing are just some
of the powerful campaigns our panelists have waged to influence
Hollywood, pop music and even the comic book industry. Because pop
culture shapes the public imagination, activists are fighting for diversity
both behind the camera and in front of it. Campaigns around popular
culture provide opportunities to expose oppression that can go unnoticed
and unchallenged. Online activism is already making a difference in the
entertainment we consume. We'll teach you how to do it!
Race and Justice: Telling the Stories of Black and
Latino Youth in the Adult Criminal Justice System
Room 221
Over the last decade, a number of states have enacted laws that aim to
keep juveniles out of adult prisons and court systemsa reversal of the
tough-on-crime legislation of the 1980s and 1990s. The new laws stem
from concerns about teenage suicides in adult jails and new research
showing that young people held in adult courts are more likely to be
repeat offenders than juveniles not held in adult jails. Youth of color
particularly are disproportionately impacted by this practice. Join us for
a discussion about the long-term impacts of treating children as adults
in the criminal justice system.
Silence, Shame, Scandal: Ending Abortion Stigma
in the Media (and the Fight to Protect Access)
Room 226
News and entertainment media can act as a mirror to our understanding of abortion in the U.S. It can also be a platform for moving society
by generating programming that questions existing practices. We'll
explore how the media talks about abortion, from right-wing examples
of abortion stigma to examples of media discussing it with authenticity
and facts. Examining ways in which media can be used as a tool to shift
stigma, we'll highlight fresh efforts to tackle abortion stigma creatively
through culture and art, and share best practices on how to talk about
abortion outside of the political paradigm. And we'll touch on what's being
done to protectand expandaccess to abortion around the country.
The Future of Collaborative Data: How We'll Continue
Beating Republicans [Voter Pick]
Room 227
Over the past 10 years, Democrats and progressives have built a superior
campaign data and technology infrastructure and a more effective
ground-game than Republicans. What's been our secret weapon and
how will we continue innovating and expanding upon our "progressive
tech edge?" This panel will feature key leaders in progressive tech to
discuss what has contributed to our current tech advantage, and what
types of technology progressive campaigns are building to continue
winning up and down the ballot for elections to come.

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Black Voices, Black Victories: Changing the Story on Race


in a Digital Age
Room 226
As the Movement for Black Lives increases in visibility, so do the voices
and strategies of those working on and offline to end state-sanctioned
violence against Black people. As we work to shift culture and change
the way people think and behave toward one another, we employ bold,
visionary digital and traditional communications tactics rooted in the
Black experience. Hear from organizers and communicators who work
at the intersection of race, digital strategy and communications about
how they organize and mobilize people to broaden international conversations about the impact of state violence on Black communities and
drive critical conversations from the 'hood to the White House about
an authentic transformation of American democracy.
Changing the Face of Criminal Justice: Why Women of
Color are Crucial to Criminal Justice Reform [Voter Pick]
Room 221
In 2015, a report from the Reflective Democracy Campaign found that
79 percent of the 2,437 elected prosecutor positions in the U.S. are filled
by white men, and only 1 percent by women of color. When it comes to
sheriffs, women are only 1.3 percent of the 3,081 sheriffs in this country.
It is our duty to elect representatives who reflect the diversity of our
communities to ensure a truly just application of the law. This panel will
share strategies and approaches to recruiting womenspecifically women
of colorto run for elected law enforcement offices in order to dismantle
racist structures within our judicial system and police departments.
Keep It in the Ground: Getting the Federal Government
Out of the Fossil Fuel Business
Room 224
Over the last several years, we've seen grassroots organizing turn the tide
and deliver victories on several key climate battles, including the Keystone
pipeline and Arctic drilling. Now, the Keep It in the Ground movement
is building on those victories and turning to an even-more ambitious goal:
ending all new leases for coal, oil, gas and tar sands extraction on our
citizen-owned federal public lands. Sen. Jeff Merkley, lead author of the
Keep It in the Ground Act, will join others to discuss the successes of the
past few years and how progressives can work with grassroots organizers,
Congress and the Administration to take even bolder steps to save our planet.
Letting Members Lead: The Mess and Magic of
Distributed Organizing
Room 228
Distributed organizing has proliferated across the advocacy space. Far
from the early create-your-own-petition sites, many organizations are
running programs that give members a larger role in campaigning strategy
and execution. The benefits are huge, including list growth from people
engaged in heartfelt causes and a powerful leadership pipeline. There are
also challenges: balancing the needs of growth and impact, wrangling
campaign support resources, avoiding brand damage and finding the right
technology. Join us for a conversation with about what's working, what's
not and what's next as we move toward more participatory campaigning.

Living and Working Our Values: Dismantling Rape Culture


in Progressive Spaces and Ending Sexual Harassment and
Violence at Work [Voter Pick]
Room 227
Though it's long been an issue, recent high-profile incidents have highlighted the persistent problem of so-called progressive people, businesses,
and organizations that ostensibly fight for justice and equality, yet sexually
harass, assault, and abuse their fellow colleagues and employees behind
closed doors. How can we address this through organizational accountability
and restorative justice models? How do we balance the need to keep
peopleparticularly girls, women, and members of the LGBTQIA
communitysafe, while making space for people to overcome mistakes?
Moving into Action: Raising the Bar for Co-conspirators
Room 225
Solidarity is easy to find on the internet, but co-conspirators can be
harder to find in the streets. How do we move people with privilege up
the ladder of engagement to riskier actions? How do we get them to
show upand is showing up enough? In order to build more powerful
movements, solving the puzzle of turning out groups that aren't the most
affected by our issues is critical. Panelists on the front lines will share lessons
learned from turning out co-conspirators to protest, donate and lead.
Right to Work and the War on Workers in Missouri
[Sponsored Panel]
Room 223
Anti-worker advocates in the Show Me States Legislature have in recent
years tried to push through bills that would curb workers collective
bargaining rights and their ability to contribute to their unions through
so-called right-to-work and paycheck deception legislation. Those efforts
have been fueled by corporate dollars. But Missouri isnt the only state where
this is going on. This panel will discuss the struggle for workers rights.
Taking Bernie's Political Revolution to Congress
Room 222
When Bernie Sanders calls for a "political revolution," he isn't thinking
just about the race for the White House. Bernie knows that the political
revolution involves millions of people standing up to transform our
country by electing progressive leaders up and down the ballot, especially
candidates for Congress. This panel will explore how we can elect bold
new candidatestaking the political revolution to Congress.
Telling Winning Stories When the Opponents are Really
Loud: The Fight for Clean Energy and the Clean Power Plan
Room 220
Despite the Supreme Court's recent decision to put a temporary hold on
the Clean Power Plan, climate and public health advocates and activists
are still making one thing clear: it won't revive the fortunes of the coal
industry, slow the transition to clean energy or disrupt progress toward
meeting the climate commitment the U.S. made in Paris last year. As
the Supreme Court legal process unfolds, something else will continue
unfolding as wellthe steady progress of activists to retire dirty coal-fired
power plants and replace them with clean, safe energy sources. Learn
about the judicial process related to the Clean Power Plan and how to
keep telling positive, progress stories that beat out the noise of opponents.

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A Pink Case Study: Why the Progressive Movement is
Stronger Together
Room 221
On Sept. 29, a diverse coalition came together to deliver more than 2.4
million petition signatures, hold more than 350 events nationwide and
organize hundreds of thousands of pink-clad women, men and young
people to #PinkOut and #StandwithPP online and off. The coalition
stepped up to #StandwithPP and its patients after a group of anti-abortion
extremists attacked Planned Parenthood in July 2015. We'll go behind
the scenes and discuss how we did itincluding the importance of that
moment, coalition building, our online-to-offline presence, and why the
campaign was so successful.
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#transTRUTH from Trans Youth: Challenging Media


Narratives on What it Means to be Young and Trans
Room 225
TRUTH, a collaboration between Transgender Law Center and GSA
Network, is a national storytelling and movement-building campaign
led by transgender and gender nonconforming young people from
across the U.S. Through videos, selfie campaigns and other creative new
media projects, TRUTH empowers trans and gender nonconforming youth
to share their stories as a way to challenge media narratives, create
community with other young people and build empathy. This discussion
of youth leaders will allow the audience to hear directly from trans and
gender nonconforming young people about their experiences and work
building an intersectional movement.

Bold Strategies for Achieving Political Equality through


a New Supreme Court [Voter Pick]
Room 228
The unexpected death of the Justice Antonin Scalia has opened a rare
window of opportunity to undo perhaps the most despised Supreme
Court decision of the modern era: Citizens United. With a new 4-4
divide on the high court, and with the hope of a progressive court
majority in 2016 or early 2017, the time to chart a course for reversing
Citizens United and its doctrinal predecessor, Buckley v. Valeo, has
finally arrived. It's time for campaign finance and corporate power
reformers to move from defense to offense.
From Selma to Ferguson: Voting Rights in the Digital Age
Room 226
More than 50 years have elapsed since the passage of the Voting Rights
Act, and communities of color are still fighting for their right to vote.
This panel looks at how the SCOTUS decision in Shelby County v.
Holder opened the floodgates for discriminatory voter suppression laws
nationwide, what's being done to fight back, and what it means to fight
for voting rights in the age of #BlackLivesMatter. Leaders from the
movement to #RestoreTheVRA will discuss both defensive strategies
that protect voters and offensive strategies that seek to secure the right
to vote and increase voter turnout. We'll also cover how to push back
against harmful narratives that support voter suppression.
Israeli Apartheid and Palestinian Civil Rights [Voter Pick]
Room 227
It's time for progressives to have a serious discussion about how Israel has
become an apartheid state. For nearly 50 years, the Palestinian people
have lived under a military occupation by a foreign government that
limits freedom of movement and equal access to water, forces the usage
of segregated roads and buses, and allows for the murder of tens of thousands of Palestinians in what the U.S. State Department has described
in its Country Reports on Human Rights Practices as "institutional and
societal discrimination against Arab citizens, in particular in access to
equal education and employment opportunities; societal discrimination
and domestic violence against women."
Justice at the Ballot Box: How Holding Prosecutors
Accountable in Elections is Key to Criminal Justice Reform
Room 224
Prosecutors may be the most powerful people in our criminal justice
system. Too many refuse to hold police accountable when they kill Black
people while over-prosecuting and incarcerating Black folks for far less
damaging crimes. Most prosecutors are chosen by the people, but who
do they really serve? Nationwide, there are nearly 2400 elected prosecutors,
yet more than 70% run unopposed. Prosecutor elections offer a chance
to make voting feel more meaningful by holding bad actors accountable.
How do we shift the narrative in prosecutor races and create a framework
that truly responds to our communities' needs? And where are the best
opportunities to unseat bad prosecutors in the future?
New Politics for the New American Majority
Room 225
Our political system is out of touch with an electorate that is more diverse
and demanding than ever before. This session explores bold strategies
such as engaging new voters, providing alternative candidates, and
revamping political structures that hold back nontraditional candidates.
Through specific examples and data, the panelists show that it's possible
to reclaim our power even in the face of expensive campaigns, special
interests and entrenched incumbents.
The Racial Policies that Built Ferguson (and Baltimore and Flint)
Room 222
Government actions such as racially explicit zoning, public housing
segregation and federal requirements for white-only suburbs systematically
segregated African Americanssetting the stage for the protests and
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about how truly moving forward as a nation will require addressing


the century of public policy that created our segregated cities.
Remedies for our racial problems will be unlikely unless we understand
how this racial landscape was created.
For Our Future: Uniting and Mobilizing Communities of Color,
Millennials and Working People in 2016 [Sponsored Panel]
Room 223
During this election season, weve seen insults and offensive rhetoric
pitting various groups against each other. When working people are
divided, corporate interests win. The wealthy few focus on our divisions
to encourage working people to attack each other instead of fighting for
new rules that will level the playing field and make the economy fairer.
The outcome of this election cycle will determine union rights, voting
rights, campaign finance reform, free speech rights, corporate rights
and reproductive rights for years to come. This panel will focus on how
to unite working people around an agenda that will level the playing
field for all Americans and fight for a more inclusive democracy.
When We Fight, We Win!: The Role of Art and Culture
in Movement Building
Room 220
What is the role of art and culture in movement building? How are we
developing artist leadership in cultural organizing? How do we create
structures which support cultural work in our organizations? Based on
their book When We Fight, We Win! 21st Century Social Movements
and the Activists that are Transforming our World, Greg Jobin-Leeds
joins forces with AgitArte, Paulina Helm-Hernandez of SONG and other
organizers and artists to further the discussion on the role of cultural
work within our organizations, communities and movements. This panel
will consider the mutual impact that arts and social movements have on
each other and explore how the arts contribute to social transformation.

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A Fathers Perspective: Police Terrorism Against
Children of Color
Room 222
Join us for a powerful and emotional conversation with fathers of
children murdered at the hands of the police. Hear how they navigate a
criminal justice institution that too often views them as criminal. What
are the realities that fathers face in the wake of justifiable homicides"
of their own children? And how are these fathers contributing to the
movement for freedom and justice today? These questions and more
will be explored in this panel.
Ending Campus Rape: How Survivors are Creating a Winning
National Movement
Room 226
One in five college women are sexually assaulted. Campus rape is a
national crisis, but we are finally at a tipping point. We'll explore how
survivors from across the country have transformed the conversation
about sexual assault and turned student activism into a national movement. As we have gained momentum, the backlash has grown. From
George Will's "survivor privilege" to Rolling Stone, we'll explore media's
contribution to rape culturein particular, the alarming trend of victimblaming and rape denial and how it impacts survivors of color. Panelists
will discuss how students are leveraging social media and online advocacy
to change the conversation and hold their institutions accountable.
Forming Your Squad: Fighting Gender Bias in the
Progressive Tech/Data Space
Room 228
The progressive data movement has long been heralded as a space of
innovation, yet the space remains overwhelmingly white and male. Meet
a group of women leading in their respective data fields and learn how
they navigated the minefield of white tech bros, overcoming impostor
syndrome, negotiating effectively, fighting bias in the workplace and
building a necessary and supportive data lady squad.

Making Progressive Issues Presidential: How Debt-free


College Became Central to this Election
Room 220
Could debt-free college be to 2016 what healthcare reform was to
2008? A huge grassroots push in 2015 put debt-free college center stage
in the presidential debate and political lexicon. Clinton and Sanders
both endorsed it, and it has come up in every Democratic presidential
debate. This panel will explore the history of student debt activism and
discuss how debt-free college became a huge issue in 2016. We'll discuss
how to build bridges between lawmakers and the grassroots, so we enter
2017 with a mandate and a strategy to pass debt-free college into law.
Money in Politics in the Year of Trump and Sanders
Room 227
On the left, Bernie Sanders built a movement against the buying of our
democracy by billionaires like the Koch brothers, and a broad coalition
of groups fighting for free and fair elections staged mass mobilizations
in April to ratchet up the pressure for change in DC. On the right,
moneyed, establishment candidates backed by the Koch network fell by
the wayside to self-funding billionaire Donald Trump, defying the media
narrative around money in politics. Hear from activists building the
Money Out Movement about strategies that are working on the ground
to harness the energy of this anti-establishment election cycle.
Strategic Communications for Black Lives
Room 221
Behind the scenes of the Movement for Black Lives, strategic communicators work to amplify the movement's visibility and maintain a national
dialogue about police brutality and the criminalization of people of color.
This panel discussion will offer a unique opportunity to hear directly
from these strategists about the most effective tools and strategies they
employ in their work. The panel will emphasize the movement's focus
on amplifying the voices of organized communities of color from the
local to the national level and explore the innovative, next-generation
tactics they've used to affirm the lives of people of color.
The Next Supreme Court: 2016 and the Fight for the
Soul of Our Constitution
Room 225
This election cycle is a pivotal moment for the Supreme Court. For
decades, the Court has been profoundly conservative, standing against
progress on issues from voting rights to guns to racial and economic
justice. The bitter lesson is that it matters who serves on our courts,
particularly the Supreme Court. Now, in the throes of a political battle
over one vacancy, we must remember that the next president will likely
fill three additional seats, controlling the Court for a generation. Join us
as we discuss the issues at stake and how activists can make a difference
in judicial selectionusing tools for local activism and advocacy.

The Real Progressive Solution: How the Community Schools


Model Supports Students and Revitalizes Neighborhoods
[Sponsored Panel]
Room 223
Community schools bring together academics, health & social services,
community development, and parental engagement to turn around
struggling schools, disrupt the school-to-prison-pipeline, and stand up
for the needs of whole neighborhoods. These schools are transformative.
Learn how this progressive solution improves academics and supports
entire school communities without turning to the privatization schemes
of charters and takeover districts.

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#WomenVote #BreakingThrough: Building Power for
Systemic Change to Lift Our Nation
Room 223
Momentum is building for long-needed systemic changes in our nation.
People and leaders across the nation are increasingly understanding
that true economic security can't happen without focused attention to
achieving racial justice in our country. With this growing understanding,
economic security and racial justice policiesincluding fair pay, childcare, sick days, paid family leave, immigration policy and ending police
brutality and mass incarcerationare playing a major role in this elections.
During the election season, we have power to focus the spotlight on
advancing effective policies that move our nation forward. We'll talk
about why now and cover the how-to during this panel.
Beyond Bars: Feminist Perspectives on (and Alternatives to)
the Criminal Legal System
Room 222
The criminal legal system has drawn wide condemnation from progressives, including both democratic presidential candidates. Yet its impact
on individuals and communitiesBlack, queer, Muslim, woman,
immigrantis far from widely understood. We lack popular alternatives
to the system, one which has historically been built and fueled by white
men for their own financial gain. What do today's feminist leaders of
color say about this racist and hyper-masculine capitalist enterprise?
What alternatives to prisons are they proposing to hold our communities
accountable for harmful behavior, such as gender-based violence? What
other solutions can we imagine? And how can we build alternatives
without recreating racist and sexist violence
Grassroots Power: How to Beat the Koch Brothers at Organizing
Room 226
With organizers in 30 states and more than 900 staffers, the Koch
Brothers are trying to beat progressives at their own gamegrassroots
organizing. We need to double down on effective field organizing. Join
us for a look at the Koch field network and a discussion of best practices
for how to mobilize voters to defeat the far right. We'll also talk tactics
for mobilizing both the New American Majority and working families
to turn out to vote.
How the Next President Can Bust Up Big Corporations
Room 224
The next Democratic president may face a Republican Congress. Some
say nothing can get done. Yet, lots can be done by using existing executive
powers that were granted as far back as 1890 but are under-utilized today.
Antitrust law is a top power the next president can use. On the campaign
trail, candidates have talked about breaking up Too Big to Fail banks.
Across America, hundreds of once-competitive markets for goods and
services are now controlled by a few firms, feeding economic inequality
and hindering entrepreneurship, innovation and price and wage competition.
Top experts will lay out a blueprint for the next president to use antitrust
law as a game-changer in the economic lives of millions.

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How Progressives Helped Pass the Iran Deal and


How We Can Keep Winning
Room 224
The Iran nuclear agreement was a huge accomplishment for the
Obama administration, for the U.S., and for a progressive vision of
foreign policy. In contrast to the Iraq warwhich cost trillions of
dollars, killed more than 4,000 Americans and 100,000 Iraqis and was
disastrous for our securitythe Iran agreement advanced our security
by working with international partners and putting diplomacy first.
But the work isn't done. The battle over the agreement in Congress
was hard fought. Building a more progressive foreign policy requires
supporting those members who supported the deal and blocking the
right's efforts to undermine it. We'll discuss that, and what's needed to
develop and strengthen a progressive foreign policy vision.

How to Have a Conversation About Race Without Everyone


Running Out of the Room
Room 225
This nation and, more importantly, our unions have always been uncomfortable when it comes to addressing racial inequalities in an honest and
solution-oriented way. In this workshop, union leaders, educators and
community organizers will present strategies on how to approach the
conversation on race when interacting with different ideologies. Our
unions are agents of change, and we should not be afraid of having
tough dialogue. We'll share tools and tips for how to lead your union
and community to addressing the sensitive and critical issue of racism.
The Rise and Fall of the GOP Gerrymander:
The Fight for Progressive Redistricting Continues
Room 227
In 2011, Republican state legislators drew outrageous partisan and
racial gerrymanders, while Democrats in the biggest redistricting
states were forced to watch from the sidelines as future elections were
rigged to favor the Tea Party. In 2016, Democrats are fighting back.
State and federal courts have struck down Republican-drawn maps in
Florida, North Carolina and Virginia because of the extreme measures
Republicans took to enshrine partisan and racial discrimination into
legislative and congressional districts. Join us as we talk about the
Democratic plan to prevent GOP gerrymandering after 2020.
What Does it Mean to be Progressive on Israel and Palestine?
Room 221
In the spring of 2015, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
revealed himself as a partisan Republican in a way that he hadn't
publicly before. This created the space for "mainstream" progressivism
regarding the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Put another way, it became
more comfortable to identify as an American whose progressive values
apply to U.S. politics as well as the situation in the Middle East. But
what does that mean? From Israeli settlement expansion to the BDS
movement to human rights, the progressive space has paved several
paths toward the common goal of peace. This panel seeks to have a
constructive conversation about the merits of various approaches.

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Expanding the Narrative around Paid Family & Medical Leave
Room 227
The media narrative around Paid Family and Medical Leave has largely
highlighted heterosexual, married, professional white women who want
to "have it all" by having children and a career. This panel highlights
the family caregiving stories of members of our own broad progressive
community and connects those stories to the facts about families in
America. In this session, we will create a new narrative for the American
family to inform our movement's work to advance paid family and
medical leave, along with other policies that strengthen our families.
From Dylann Roof to @realDonaldTrump: How the Web
is Used to Recruit, Raise Money and Spread Hate
Room 225
Dylann Roof, the terrorist responsible for the Charleston massacre in
June of 2015, is likely the first violent right-wing extremist to have been
radicalized entirely online. His entry into the world of racist propaganda
came courtesy of a savvy web master who used Google News to create alarm
around a so-called "epidemic" of black-on-white crime. Similarly white
nationalists and members of the "Alt-Right" movement use culture jamming
tactics on social media to inject racist memes like #WhiteGenocide into
political and cultural discussions. And, of course, @realDonaldTrump
retweets them to his 5 million-plus followers. Join members of the Southern
Poverty Law Center and other experts to discuss how haters operate.

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How Youth Activists are Using Civil Rights Frameworks to


Advance a Radical Vision for Equality on College Campuses
Room 222
A new generation of youth activists are using civil rights frameworks and
legal tools to advance a radical, intersectional vision of equality, safety
and justice on campus. Disability justice advocates are using Title II to
fight for disabled students, and anti-rape advocates are using civil rights
laws to strengthen non-carceral responses to sexual violence. Trans youth
fight for safety and access under Title IX as students of color use Title
VI to combat racial discrimination on campus and draw on the antisegregation movement to advance educational access for undocumented
youth. Join us to discuss the power and possibility of these bold strategies.
Rejecting the Pale, Male and Stale Leadership Pipeline:
A Roadmap to Building Inclusive Organizations
Room 221
It's not good enough to have all cis-white male leadership in organizations
that do social justice work. Many youth organizations have figured out
how to center people of color, queer folks and women who are directly
affected by the issues we work on as leaders, volunteers and staff. While
some organizations have gone through elaborate processes to achieve
equity and inclusion, others have centered their core mission and values
to uplift the new American majority and have successfully grown their
membership. Join us to hear best practices around changing organizational culture, leadership and membership to reflect the people we serve.
#TalkingWhileBlack: Recognizing and Combating LGBTQ Racism
Room 220
If we are ever to achieve full equality, we must figure out how to
strengthen our bonds while standing firm in demanding respect for our
unique Black culture and history within the LGBTQ struggle. Join us
for this interactive panel that looks at anti-Blackness, Black Lives Matter,
and white supremacy in relation to the LGBTQ community from a
humorous perspective. We'll talk and LOL about how to address the community's racism in a positive, uplifting, educational and fun manner.
The Democratic Marketplace for Women: How Women
are Leading the Way for More Women to be Elected
Room 226
Organizations like Emerge, Close the Gap, Ready to Run and VoteRunLead are recruiting and training women to be great candidates, but the
start-to-finish campaign marketplace remains fractured. We'll look at
the state of the democratic "farm team," especially for women; where
we are today; and what can be done to make sure we not only train women
but get them elected to office with the resources they need. This panel
of women has vast experience in getting women to run for office and
knowing what it takes to win.
TPP: Trade "Trump-ing" the Election [Voter Pick]
Room 224
Voters' opposition to job-killing trade policies has fueled the surge of
Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. The TPP has generated an unprecedented diverse opposition movement that reflects TPP's potential to
negatively affect our lives. We'll explore how growing public ire about
job-killing trade policies will shape the election and our ability to combat
issues like climate change and income inequality. The elite political class
has systematically misread the depth of voters' ire about the harm done by
20 years of NAFTA-style trade deals supported by Democratic and GOP
presidents. As economists that supported past pacts increasingly oppose
TPP, why should our elected officials dismiss angry voters as ill-informed?
We're Taking on Wall Street and Big Banks [Sponsored Panel]
Room 223
It's no secret that Wall Street billionaires have rigged our economy and
our democracy. Come learn about the exciting next stage of Wall Street
reform from the activists and elected officials who are on the front lines.
We'll discuss innovative programs to engage millions of Americans and
our plan to pass key pieces of legislation that will help us fix our financial
system and make it work for ordinary Americans.

Local Stepping Stones: Electing People of Color, LGBT Leaders


and Progressive Women at the State and Local Levels
Room 227
State level races, from state house to county and city offices, reflect the
future of the Democratic party. When Ferguson erupted post-Michael
Brown, many wondered: why does the city council not look like its
community? That same question can be asked nationwide. Electing
more people of color, LGBT individuals and progressive women to
serve in local and state offices is how we build the party of the future.

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#ExxonKnew: Uncovering Decades of Climate Deception


and Political Pollution
Room 220
In the 1970s, climate scientists at Exxon warned their bosses that oil
could bring about catastrophic global warming. Instead of acting to
protect humanity, Exxon decided to corrupt our democracy to protect
its profits while the planet's climate destabilized. Panelists will discuss
whether ExxonMobil and the rest of the fossil-fuel industry can be
brought to justiceas Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have called
formuch as the tobacco industry was for its deadly deception. We'll
also talk about how to mobilize to restore the democratic institutions
that have been polluted by Exxon's decades-long campaign.

ALEC's Three-pronged Attack on Working Families


and Communities of Color
Room 223
The Koch-funded American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has
relentlessly promoted a toxic brew of steep tax cuts for corporations and
the wealthy, cuts to health care and the social safety net, and union busting and wage suppression measuresall with profound consequences
for working families and particularly communities of color. Since 2013,
some 40 localities have approved minimum wages above the federal level,
but ALEC is fighting to reverse this progress and prohibit localities from
raising the wage. ALEC politicians are attempting the same strategy for
paid sick days and LBGTQ rights. This agenda is only deepening poverty
in many states. Join us as we discuss the consequences of this toxic brew
and talk about the tactics that have been successful in fighting back.
#AskaSista: Black Women Muse on Politics, Policy,
Pop Culture and Scholarship
Room 224
Ella Baker's practice of "participatory democracy" has shaped grassroots
organizing models from SNCC to #Occupy to #BlackLivesMatter. The
#Ferguson police and the DOJ. Loretta Lynch is now Attorney General
and Michelle Obama is still our First Lady. Marilyn Mosby is still prosecuting six police officers for #FreddieGray. Erica Garner endorsed Bernie
Sanders while her mother and other "mothers of the movement" endorsed
Hillary Clinton. The Supreme Court has an opening. Will a Black woman
finally be appointed? Meanwhile, Black women are the largest democratic
voting bloc, yet remain inadequately represented in online and offline
campaigns. Now in its sixth year, you'd betta #AskaSista.
Authentically Engaging with Trans* Leadership in
Progressive Organizing
Room 226
At least 23 trans* and gender non-conforming people were murdered
in 2015, and at least 6 have been murdered in 2016the vast majority
of whom were trans* women of color, and many of whom were immigrants, people with HIV and/or trans* disabled people. One in 4 trans*
people have experienced violence, and 47 percent of trans* people have
attempted suicide. Trans* people across the U.S. are leading the efforts
to end this violence. On this panel, organizers who are trans* people of
color, trans* disabled people, trans* immigrants and trans* people who
are HIV positive will share their work. Well also address hate violence,
intimate partner violence, ending laws that criminalize our lives, HIV,
disability, organizing in the South and racial justice.
Ending the Endless War & Advancing a Progressive Global Vision
Room 225
For too long, the progressive movement has largely ignored foreign
policy while neocons and war hawks have set our countrys agenda.
We must join together to push back on the ever-escalating militarism in
the Middle East and around the world. Join us as we discuss practical
solutions and organizing strategies to counter U.S. militarism and
transform U.S. engagement with the world. Well talk about how to
push our Congressional allies to end drone warfare and how to mobilize
support for a diplomatic solution to the Syrian civil war.

Model Minority Mutiny: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders


Center Our Racial Identities and Solidarities
Room 222
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders continue to be used as a wedge for
racial justice and stereotyped as the model minority. Despite this, people
are standing up, taking action and organizing to advance worker, immigrant
and civil rights. Join us for a discussion about the opportunities and challenges facing Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in movements for
racial justice. How are Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders amplifying
their racial identities especially in a time of demographic change? How
are they asserting and centering their solidarities with other communities
of color?
November 9, 2016: How to Translate Millennial GOTV
to Millennial Power
Room 228
Young people continue to be a lightning rod in politics. Some believe
they're the future of the left, while others point to their unreliability in
electoral politics as a reason to not invest in their long-term political
power. Four young leaders of different organizations and movements will
shed some light, offering insight on how we can ensure demographics are
destiny for the progressive movement. They'll challenge the audience and
the larger movement to integrate the next generation into their work as
powerful actors while supporting Millennial-led organizations and movements to translate mobilization to sustained power. What can we do leading up to and post November to entrench Millennials as a political force?
Welcome to the Police State: How Islamophobia
Became Everyone's Problem
Room 221
Since 9/11, officials have used the specter of Muslim terrorists to justify
an ever-expanding police state. We're fed a stream of FBI-manufactured
plots, exaggerated threats and blanket otherization of Muslims. In the
name of protecting us from these vague yet ever-present threats, governments have implemented policies that affect all Americans, including
omnipresent surveillance, draconian immigration programs and the use
of counter-terrorism resources to intimidate and silence activists. The
level of government authority to spy, abuse, detain and disappear has
never been greater. We cannot effectively campaign against the police
state until we dismantle the Islamophobic and narratives that underpin it.

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PANELS BY SESSION

Your 2016 Tool Kit: How Technology Is Transforming the


Way We Run (and Win!) Down Ballot Races
Room 228
With a targeted focus on down ballot races, our goal is to facilitate an
informative discussion on the ways in which campaign staff and organizers
can take advantage of better data, innovative tools and proven strategies as
they organize in their local communities. With new tools, better data and
evolving digital strategies, this panel will illustrate how technology is bringing large budget, top-of-the-ticket best practices to down ballot races.

BASIC ONLINE ORGANIZING


6 Legal Rules for Online Advocacy that Everyone Needs
to Know in an Election Year
Thursday, 9-10:15 a.m., Room 104
Can a c(3) lose its tax status over a careless tweet? What happens
when a politician likes your organizations Facebook page? Social
media can help an organization shape public policy, but it comes with
its own set of rules and regulations. Many nonprofits are hesitant
about engaging in online advocacy, but knowing these rules can
strengthen your work. Join us for a training that will clarify the rules
for using social media, blogs and email as part of your advocacy
toolkit. Trainers will give concrete examples and invite the audience
to discuss hypothetical situations to develop a deeper understanding
of the rules that apply to online advocacy. This training will provide
the basics for those new to the c(3) world; it is also a good refresher
for more experienced organizers.
All About Email: Best Practices for an Effective Email Program
Saturday, 1:30-2:45 p.m., Room 100
Want to improve your non-profit or campaigns engagement?
Wondering about best practices for writing advocacy and donation
emails? Join us for a training on email best practices! This training
is for non-profit or campaign staffers who are in charge of their first
mass email program. Prior mass email writing knowledge is helpful
but not required.
Digital Organizing on a Dime: The Low-cost Tools You Need
to Launch a Digital Program
Saturday, 9-10:15 a.m., Room 100
These days, you can build a website for just $5. You can deliver
hundreds of thousands of petition signatures for the cost it takes
to print them. You dont need big bucks to launch a successful digital
program. This session will take you through the cheap and free
tools you need to start connecting with supporters, raising money
and winning advocacy campaigns today. Case studies of scrappy
organizations that have punched above their weight will be used
to illustrate how to use these tools. This training is for first-time
digital campaigners and for experienced pros who may be starting
a scrappy new venture.
Second Nature: Design to Grab Attention in Seconds
Saturday, 1:30-02:45 p.m., Room 102
Whyd you stop and like that article in your Facebook feed? What
made you notice that billboard? In an ever-growing world of stimuli,
what are some tricks you can use to capture attention for your page,
your cause or your candidate? Learn how artists throughout history
have taken advantage of human behavior to grab your attention and
keep it. Well cover how humans process visual information and how
design can help motivate people to action. This training will cover the
basics of photo-based design and help you improve the visuals of your
cause, campaign or business. This training is for both beginners and
intermediate designers/communication professionals who want
to improve their design and communication skills.
Theres Only Me in Team: How to Conquer Social Media as
a Staff of One
Thursday, 1-2:15 p.m., Room 100
In many organizations, social media work is handed over to just
one personand is usually just one of many responsibilities that
staffer has. But like the name suggests, strategic social media is best
practiced with others, as you share ideas, lessons learned and each
others content. In this training, well give you the tools to manage
day-to-day and long-term social media work as a team of one, while
also introducing you to communities and resources that are already
in place to support your digital efforts. This training is for beginning
to intermediate level digital or communications staffers, especially
those at smaller organizations with limited budgets and resources.
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Victory from Day 1: Ensuring a Successful Launch for Your


Online Campaign
Thursday, 1-2:15 p.m., Room 104
You only have one chance to make the most of one of the biggest
moments of your online campaign. A successful launch offers an
opportunity for huge gainsand failure to take full advantage of
the moment can set the tone for the rest of your campaign. In this
workshop, well break down the components to a successful launch:
how to set up tech infrastructure, coordinate partners, run ads, get a
splash page or a website live and plan an email calendar. Join us and
youll be set up for victory from Day 1. This training is for all skill
levels. Participants should attend with a goal of understanding the
machinery behind a successful launch.
We Cant Do That Here? How to Get Your Co-workers
to Help You Kick Digital Butt
Friday, 4-5:15 p.m., Room 100
Join us to identify common challenges in getting your supervisors
and co-workers to help you be successful. We will discuss buy-in,
managing up, proof of concept, peer-to-peer informal training and
other ways of moving your co-workers from being obstacles to being
facilitators. Well talk about how to elevate digital to equal footing
with other departments and approaches and offer learning strategies
that will help improve organization-wide data management practices.
This training is for digital staffers working as the only digital staffer or
within small digital teams inside organizations that are not digitally
native. This training is for all skill levels and emphasizes the soft
skills necessary to help persuade colleagues of the value of your work
to the overall success of the organization.

ADVANCED ONLINE ORGANIZING


Best Practices in Digital Analytics: Using Website and Social
Media Testing to Optimize for Virality
Thursday, 9-10:15 a.m., Room 100
In recent years, using A/B testing to drive more actions from email
campaigns has become a common best practice among digital campaigners. But most people havent yet cracked the nut on how to use A/B
testing to increase a campaigns virality and reach a wider audience
beyond their existing email list. In this training, well explain what
virality actually is, show you how you can use website and social media
A/B testing to increase it and go over real examples of how organizations
have done this. Well conclude with an exercise where youll have a
chance to optimize your own simulated campaign and make it go viral.
Attendees should have some experience with digital campaigning and
should be familiar with the concept of A/B testing.
Building Power through Your Email List
Thursday, 10:30-11:45 a.m., Room 104
Join us for a session on how to use email to increase your organizations
activism, fundraising, and web traffic reach. This session is for those
with an existing email program that are looking to up their game.
Chewbacca Mom Takeover: The Future of Online Organizing
Saturday, 3-4:15 p.m., Room 104
There is power in everyday people being able to take over the Internet
with their joy, their pain and their authentic lives. Facebook Live
launched in April and, one month later, Chewbacca Mom broke the
Internet with more than 33 million views. Social media challenges us
to change, stay connected and engage. How do we support individuals,
moms and movements being led by communities of color breaking the
news all around us? What new tools are coming online? What do we
need to build or be funded? What techniques will or wont continue
to work in offline-to-online movement building and awareness/action
campaigns? This training session will answer these questions and more.

Extreme Makeover, Website Edition: How to Optimize


Your Website and Reach Your Campaign, Fundraising and
Engagement Goals
Saturday, 3-4:15 p.m., Room 102
Websites are an integral way to communicate with your audience and
engage them to take action, from signing petitions to donating money
to spreading the word about your organization. But most people dont
know how to lay out their website to get more supporters to sign those
petitions, donate that money and spread the word. Well walk you
through best practices in website design, including how best to lay out
a form, how to get someone to click a button, how to best orient your
audience around a campaign and why its important for your website
to be responsive. This training is suited for anyone who wants to learn
more about how they can leverage a website to be a tool for increasing
engagement, fundraising and outcomes. This session is open to people
in any position, not just designers and developers.
How to Make Your Content Go Viral (Maybe)
Thursday, 9-10:15 a.m., Room 102
Do you have a boss telling you to make everything go viral? Its ok.
This is a safe space. Upworthy returns to explain what can actually
(maybe) make your content perform well (if you are lucky and strategic).
Well share what weve learned about telling good stories in all forms,
from Facebook videos to articles on your site. Well explain to your
boss that if they ask you to make something go viral, theyre gonna
have to send you to Hogwarts first because you arent magic. But
most importantly, well explain to your boss why telling great stories
that build empathy are necessary to the rest of your organizing. This
training is ideal if you want to learn more about strategic ways to
improve your online presence, from Facebook video optimization
to storytelling techniques to make challenging content accessible.
And for folks who want to know how Facebook actually works. Bosses
totally welcome.
Ladders that Build Leaders: Rebooting Engagement
(Online and Off!)
Friday, 1-2:15 p.m., Room 105
In a world where digital media use is maturing, its time to renovate the
tools we use to build leaders. The concept of the ladder of engagement
is not new; but like any conceptual tool, its time for a reboot. This
training will lead participants through a set of strategic planning tools
and exercises that will show how ladders of digital engagement can be
built to foster online growth and offline leadership development. Well
also examine the squishy word engagement and discuss elements and
strategy worth examining when developing a meaningful definition of
engagement, as well as metrics.

Make Your Own Microsite without Spending a Dime


Friday, 4-5:15 p.m., Room 102
In this workshop, youll learn enough HTML/CSS to create your very
own microsite. Well show you how to get your new site hosted for free
on Github Pages, how to attach a custom domain name to your newly
launched site and how to create your own online community using
platforms like Slack, Facebook, or Mailchimp. The technical skills youll
learn can be applied to other parts of your work, allowing you to master
tasks like creating email templates and modifying Wordpress sites. This
training is an introduction to web development for online organizers
who want to learn how to launch their own microsites for free. No prior
experience with HTML, CSS or Git is needed.
Obama-Like Targeting Tech Goes Local: Using Digital Ads
to Reach the Voters You Need to Win
Friday, 4-5:15 p.m., Room 101
Join us to learn how down-ballot and local candidates and issue advocacy
campaigns can utilize cutting-edge technology to reach registered voters
wherever they go online. Youll learn how to create, place and evaluate
your digital advertising campaign. Well highlight the technologies available regardless of your campaigns size or budget and provide you with a
step-by-step training that gives campaigns at every level the tools it takes
to win. This training is ideal for those who want to learn more about
digital advertising and which tools they can take advantage of in order to
create an effective digital campaign on the local level.
The #1 Way to Engage Your People
Thursday, 1-2:15 p.m., Room 101
Engagement isnt a trend; its how we win. The problem is that most
content strategies with engagement in mind are based on the idea
of posting or emailing from a pre-determined timeline, which is just
one way to engage people. Well show you a powerful new tactic to
dramatically increase engagement with this one idearesponding to
people as they talk about your campaign on social media. Know what
people are saying on social media and who is influential, so youre
able to boost engagement and drive action when people are most
excited about your campaign. Well walk you through social listening
and offer game-changing strategies for multi-channel engagement.
This training is ideal for organizers who are already using social
media but want to increase engagement.
Using Digital Ads to Boost Your Multi-channel Campaign
Saturday, 9-10:15 a.m., Room 104
Multi-channel campaigns are proven money raisers. But are you using
every tool available? Using digital ads to boost your multi-channel
campaigns will give you the information you need to take your campaignsdonor acquisition, appeals and even sustainer upgradesto
the next level by incorporating digital ads. We will discuss setting goals
and measuring success for your whole campaign and the ad channel,
how effective targeting makes a difference, best practices for creative
and more! Featuring case studies and tried-and-true tips, youll leave
ready to incorporate digital ads into your next campaign. This training
is intended for those who are planning multichannel campaigns and
are ready to incorporate digital advertising into their campaign plans.
Using SEO for Social Change, Profit and Fame
Thursday, 2:30-3:45 p.m., Room 101
SEO is straight up magical. Its free, easy, and can drive millions of
visitors to your website. Ill show you how I used SEO to secure top
Google placement for almost any search related to voting, driving
millions of visitors to LongDistanceVoter.org. Well share our case
study on how LDV registered 100,000 voters in 2012 on just $5000.
During the training, youll learn five things you can immediately do to
your website to improve your search engine ranking and reach more
visitors without spending any more money. This is an intermediate to
advanced training for people who love the internet, love user-generated
content, know HTML and have administrative access to at least one
website. Bring your laptop and admin password so you can get started
making changes.
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TRAININGS BY TRACK

Engage Young People with Your Campaign: Best Practices


and Test-Driven Lessons from the Alliance for Climate
Education and ShareProgress
Thursday, 2:30-3:45 p.m., Room 102
Since 2008, the Alliance for Climate Education has engaged more
than 2 million young people. ACE recently launched a digital youth
climate action campaign powered by a social automation platform: the
Get Loud Challenge. Since launch, more than 130,000 young people
from all 50 states have signed up, growing their mobile subscriber
list by more than 60 percent, and tracked 265,000 new actions. ACE
worked with ShareProgress to run a series of tests to find effective ways
of using social media advertising and interactive web experiences to
engage young people on climate change. Join us to learn best practices
for working with younger audiences, both online and offline, and
understand how to use testing with paid social to evaluate messaging
and tactics. This training is intended for anyone familiar with digital
campaigning and interested in engaging young people.

C O M M U N I C AT I O N S
Changing the World One Story at a Time
Thursday, 10:30-11:45 a.m., Room 100
Last year, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law an aid-in-dying
bill that had been defeated six times before. This was in large part
thanks to 29 year old Brittany Maynard, a terminally ill woman who
used her last days to advocate for the cause. Thanks to Brittany and
her husband Dan Diaz, we were able to recruit and train others to
use the power of their experience to create dialogue and understanding on an issue as complex, divisive and difficult to broach as death
and dying. Join us for a look at lessons learned in recruiting, training
and maintaining the best storytellers and the most effective ways to
maximize their impact in all aspects of a grassroots campaign. This
training is geared toward the more seasoned staffer who has some
experience working with storytellers and can benefit from lessons
learned. Ideal for those who have the capacity to coordinate between
members of communications, fundraising and outreach staffs.
Issues that Matter, Brands that Inspire: Action Branding 101
[Voter Pick]
Friday, 4-5:15 p.m., Room 104
How can we as campaigners learn from the traditional branding
world to develop cult followings around the social issues we care
most about? Introducing Action Brands, built by campaigners, for
campaigners. Action Brands have the unique ability to unite a community around a common identity and provide a sense of belonging,
while also motivating community members to get more involved.
This training will walk you through how to create brands that are
authentically ownable by members of your community. Youll leave
with an actionable toolkit you can use to name and brand your own
campaigns. This is an introductory training. No prior experience in
branding is necessary, but experience in communications is a plus.
Mindful Communication: 5 Steps to Getting the Best
Outcome from any Conversation
Saturday, 9-10:15 a.m., Room 101
As activists and organizers, we know the challenges that can arise
in effectively communicating and getting the outcome we desire
from conversations or meetings. We too often get in our own way
when we communicate, leading to conflicts or outcomes that are
less than desirable. Fortunately, there are proven techniques for
mindful communication that can help you get the best outcome out
of a conversation, make your meetings run smoother and transform
conflict into new, creative opportunities. Join us to learnand practicefive fun, effective and empowering techniques that will take
your communication ability to the next level. No prior experience
with mindfulness or communication training is required.
Moving Beyond White Guilt: How to Talk to Whites
About Systemic Racism [Voter Pick]
Thursday, 2:30-3:45 p.m., Room 104
You might hear white members of your organization say things like,
"I don't see race." or "We should focus on economic inequality; that
will take care of everyone." Knowing how to respond to such comments,
especially if people are scared, defensive or paralyzed by guilt, can
be a challenge. The burden to end systemic racism cannot be left only
to people of color. With an interactive mix of real-world tools, some
history and theory, and a little role-play, this practical training will
provide participants with tools and strategies for better understanding
systemic racism. In order to build diverse coalitions and truly embrace
intersectionality, white people must confront white supremacy. This
training is for anyone who wants to learn and discuss strategies for
talking to white people about dismantling white supremacy.

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Oppositional Messaging: How to Marginalize Your


Opponents While Uplifting Your Values
Friday, 9-10:15 a.m., Room 102
Organized racist movements use sophisticated messaging platforms to
advance their bigoted agenda. Pushing back in this political climate
requires effective, consistent messages to marginalize your opponents,
frame the issue based on your vision and values, and reclaim the debate.
Participants will learn how to identify effective oppositional messaging,
how to break down the tactics and talking points of your opponents
and how to build oppositional messaging frames. Well talk about
pitfalls to avoid as we share lessons drawn from real examples of
effective responses to organized anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim
movements in the U.S. The training is open to all levels of experience
in communications and media work.
Organizing with a Gender Frame: How to Step Up
Your Game and Win!
Friday, 9-10:15 a.m., Room 101
Many multi-issue organizing groups, even some with impressive scale,
work on issues that deeply impact women but dont use an explicit gender
lens in determining their strategies, messaging or policy asks. As a result,
the unique needs, experiences and perspectives of women, especially
women of color, often remain out of view and an enormous amount of
potential is left on the table. Make It Work has developed an engaging,
accessible set of tools and curriculum to help progressive organizations
close this gap. We know that organizing with an intersectional gender lens
is a powerful tool for change, and has the potential to significantly impact
the reach and scale of organizing efforts. This training is open to all levels
of grassroots organizers or organizational staffers.
Presence and Authenticity: How to Be a Media Star
Friday, 1-2:15 p.m., Room 102
Great actors save mediocre playsbut great plays never save mediocre
actors. What is more memorable: the message or the messenger? In today's
celebrity culture, skilled media talent dominates the narrative. The
messenger's presence and authenticity is more important than ever. In
this 10th anniversary training, renowned media trainer Joel Silberman
again demystifies the art of media performance with take-away skills
that have been used by countless performers, elected officials, progressive
spokespeople and media stars. This rare public opportunity to look
behind the camera and speakers platform through the eyes of a master
trainer is offered publicly only at Netroots Nation. A 10-year, standingroom-only training! This training is for everyone.
Saving Millions with Earned Media: How to Organize
Kick-Ass Press Events and Get Your Campaign Covered
Thursday, 1-2:15 p.m., Room 102
Back by popular demand! Earned media can be one of the most
important (free) resources of your campaign, especially if you are
strapped for cash. Our exercise-based curriculum will teach you
how to plan and execute a great press eventand generate thousands
of dollars in media for your campaign. This training is good for
beginners and more advanced participants. Well cover the basics
and go more in-depth with case studies.
The Trump Effect: Techniques to Combat Prejudice in the
Age of Islamophobia
Thursday, 9-10:15 a.m., Room 101
How can you possibly connect with an audience that sees your skin
color or your head scarf and thinks terrorist? How can you be an
effective ally for Muslim, Arab and South Asian communities? With
SCIENCE! This training will explore how the brain filters messages
to reinforce or combat previous stereotypes, describe social psych
techniques to diffuse bias and provide concrete examples of how to
implement these techniques. Training includes examples from successful media campaigns to counter bias against Muslims and those
perceived to be Muslim (Arab, Sikh, South Asian), reflecting the sociopolitical climate of the past year. This training is meant for activists
and advocates in the field. Training level is beginner to intermediate.

Wielding Your Racism Decoder Ring: Discovering the


Power of Values-Based Messaging
Friday, 1-2:15 p.m., Room 100
Using the power of the Racism Decoder Ring to identify and decode
racial stereotypes in the media, social justice superhero Helvetika Bold
will demonstrate the transformative power of a values-based messaging
strategy. This election cycle perfectly demonstrates what our research
and experience have long taught us: that people's underlying beliefs
will trump facts every time. So how do we speak about racism across
ideology? Join Helvetika Bold, that moxiest maven of media messaging,
to learn how to build a messaging strategy that has the power to change
hearts, minds and policy. Together, we can not only decode, but dismantle
racist messages in the media and build a positive vision for racial justice
that appeals to a broad audience. Although we use racial justice as a
starting point, this workshop will develop core communications strategy
principles that can be used for any issue. This training is for those new
to values-based messaging and those who would appreciate a space to
develop and try out new narratives and message framing for their issues.

G R A S S R O O T S O R G A N I Z I N G / C A M PA I G N S
Action into Being: Growing as an Ally
Saturday, 3-4:15 p.m., Room 101
The struggle for liberation is beautifuland hard. We may intellectually
understand or spiritually believe that, as Desmond Tutu says, "My
humanity is caught up, is inextricably bound up, in yours. But when
it comes to joining hands and locking elbows, there are groups of people
we often dont include. We might share/retweet or have an intellectual
conversation about intersectionality, but we dont always show up
when it really counts. What does it mean to value those with whom
we dont share identity? Join us as we examine the places in which our
attachment to privilege and power is getting in the way of creating
the kind of world we want. This training is intended for white people
and/or men but may be useful for anyone working to address the ways
in which oppression is perpetuated (transphobia, abelism, ageism, etc.).
We expect participants will have an understanding of what patriarchy
and white supremacy in a progressive setting looks like.
Advanced Organizing Strategies for Immigration and
Criminal Justice
Saturday, 9-10:15 a.m., Room 102
The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act
of 1996 created the pathways to the criminalization of immigrants
that we know today. Since then, millions have languished in detention
facilities and jails and many face deportation and separation from their
families. This training gets at the root of the problem by connecting
the conversations around immigration and criminal justice reform.
Using examples from the #HoustonBeyondICE/#HoustonSinMiedo
campaigns current fight against 287(g) immigration contracts in Harris
County Jails, well focus on how to build and strengthen coalitions
between immigrant youth, black youth, and criminal justice organizers.
Well also cover communications strategies for talking about criminal
justice and immigration and show you how to build power to influence
local law enforcement. This training is suited for those with medium
expertise in immigration and criminal justice related topics.

Building Decentralized Networks in Social Movements


Saturday,1:30-2:45 p.m., Room 104
How do the mass social movements of our time, from Occupy Wall
Street to Black Lives Matter, create new opportunities for decisionmakers, organizations and political figures to make social, political and
economic change possible? How can organizing in these decentralized
movements help us learn how to create the just world we want? In this
session, Movement Netlab, a think tank created by and for activists,
will share a theory of how decentralized social movements function,
and how our entire movement ecosystem can lay the groundwork for
our future. This training is suitable for people with all skill levels and
some familiarity with nonprofits, coalitions, digital community organizing
and/or social justice movements.
Building Winning Coalitions
Friday, 1-2:15 p.m., Room 104
Most of us recognize the need to increase our impact in the world
by working in deep partnership with our allies. So why are coalitions
so hard to develop and maintain? Why can't we all just get along?
We'll discuss the various types of effective coalitions, common coalition
structures and best practices for managing your partnerships to change
the world. We'll also discuss navigating the difficult subject of "should
I even join?" Bring your tough questions! Intended for all skill levels
and backgrounds. Participants should have an interest in building
intentional coalition practices to enhance collective impact.
Campaign Strategy: How to Pick Your Target and
Powermap Your Way to Victory
Saturday, 1:30-2:45 p.m., Room 101
Sure, the way to win a football game is to put more points on the board
than your opponent does. However, the hallmark of a great coach is
the ability to figure out how to do that. Do you focus on defense and
deny your opponent points? Do you focus on offense and running up
the score? The answers to these questions transform a run-of-the-mill
coachor organizer!into a great one. In this training, well teach you
not only what questions to ask, but also how to answer them to create a
winning campaign strategy. Using your own examples, well teach you
how to pick your target and powermap your way to victory. This is an
introductory training on grassroots campaigns and is best for those with
some experience volunteering on campaigns or creating campaigns.
Flip the Script: More Money, More Power
Thursday, 2:30-3:45 p.m., Room 100
Youre an organizer, a policy advocate, a culture-shifter. Yet too often,
you or your allies struggle to keep the lights on, buy supplies and get
paid. We all know this work takes money. But far too many funders
are stuck in outdated modes of philanthropyfrom misinformed
reluctance to fund social justice to outdated ideas of what it means
to be a good funding partner. In this training, well debunk all those
grantmaking excuses about funding advocacy and organizing, give
you tools to advocate for the concrete impact of your work, and share
platforms to push back on that funder-grantee power dynamic. This
training is geared toward those who want to see a philanthropic sector
that is a stronger ally to movements for social justice. Legal knowledge
or an intimate understanding of philanthropy is not required.
Grassroots First Analytics
Friday, 9-10:15 a.m., Room 104
This session offers a welcoming space for organizers to take a first step
into analytics through a series of activities that raise up the value of
practices they already do wellrelational work, storytelling practices
and strategic planning. Well also offer analytics pros a chance to
learn how to talk about their work in the language of community
organizing so they can better connect with colleagues, managers and
volunteers. This training is for grassroots organizers, campaigners
and candidates who are new to analytics and may not (yet!) think of
themselves as tech leaders for their organizations or campaigns. Ideal
for analytics and targeting folks who don't have tons of experience
with the craft of grassroots organizing or field work.
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TRAININGS BY TRACK

We're Here and We're Queer: An LGBT Cultural Sensitivity


Conversation Going Beyond Best Practices
Friday, 9-10:15 a.m., Room 100
Join us for a community conversation about language and intention.
In this training, well move beyond the usual LGBT 101 to how to
best affirm and honor LGBT community members we interact with in
daily life. We'll look at how multiple identities intersect, and how those
identities impact LGBT community members in unique and varied
ways. We cannot create change until we have dialogue, and we cannot
have dialogue until we have a language to use. This training is for
those who might say, "I don't know any gay people, and also great
for more seasoned LGBT advocates.

Making it Rain: Donor Research and Baller Asks


Thursday, 10:30-11:45 a.m., Room 102
Improving your fundraising is critical, whether you're running a small
grassroots campaign or running for office. Our curriculum will help
you learn hands-on how to research donors and ask for money more
effectively. And when progressives can raise more grassroots dollars,
we win more. It's that simple. This training is ideal for beginners.
The Latest in Civic Engagement: How Tech Can Supercharge
Your Grassroots Operation [Voter Pick]
Saturday, 3:-4:15 p.m., Room 100
The term grassroots has been used to describe the political might
of everyday people for more than 100 years; however, a rising tide of
new tools is changing the way we think about engaging our communities.
Join us for an exploration of how traditional cornerstones of grassroots movements can be accomplished more quickly and effectively
than ever before. This training will cover the latest technologies in
civic engagement and how those tools can help you collect powerful data
through direct communication with your communitydata that can
be used to drive growth, participation, fundraising and awareness
while measuring impact. The training is intended for those curious
about civic technology and how it can help amplify a cause, as well
as those looking for new ways of approaching an industry that is ripe
for innovation.
You Can't Buy Our Vote: How to Center Black People
in Political Organizing [Voter Pick]
Friday, 1-2:15 p.m., Room 101
The votes and support of Black people are imperative to winning
any election. But appropriating Black culture will not make us vote
for you, nor does it make us relate with candidates who have proven
they don't care about Black people in practice or in policy. In holding
political agents accountable, this training will provide consciousness
raising around how Black people must be centered in political engagement within organizing and public policy. What is anti-Blackness and
how does it affect political systems and voting? Learn how to actively
disengage from anti-Black politicking and political organizing. Youll
leave with a better understanding of how Black people can be centered
in political campaigns and organizing. This session is for all audiences.

MASTER CLASSES
Master Class: Action Network
Saturday, 3-4:15 p.m., Room 105
Communicating with your supporters is more effective when you can
easily deliver the information they want most. In this training, you'll
say 'goodbye' to sending every single update to your entire list and
learn new ways to target the right kinds of emails to the right supporters. Whether you're new to the Action Network or an experienced
user, come learn how Action Network makes advanced email targeting
easier and faster, so you can run a more effective online organizing
program. Learn how to create action pages and use email targeting,
report targeting, and query tools to reach any segment of your email
list. There will be time for Q&A, so bring your questions with you!
Master Class: Facebook Ads
Friday, 9-10:15 a.m., Room 105
Youve boosted a post here or there, dabbled in the Ads Manager,
maybe even taken a peek into Power Editor once or twice, but now
youre looking to take your Facebook campaigns to the next level.
Join Facebook Client Parnter Chase Mohney to learn tips and tricks
to help you streamline your campaigns and better achieve your
organizational goals with Facebook advertising. Topics covered will
include: Objective-based campaign structure, creative, and bidding;
Facebook ad interfaces (Ads Manager and Power Editor); basics of
Facebook ads reporting; and leveraging the Facebook Pixel.

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Master Class: Nationbuilder


Thursday, 10:30-11:45 a.m., Room 105
This master class will focus on the tactics for smart rapid response
campaigning on NationBuilder. We'll also cover some important new
features that are particularly relevant for progressive campaigners
looking to collaborate, build coalitions, and win together. We'll focus
on four pillars of smart rapid response: laying the groundwork (translating your ladder of engagement into paths and goals), identifying
your audience and asks (smart targeting through advanced filtering),
creating and launching campaign assets including action pages, and
working in coalition (leveraging tag sharing for shared growth,
mutual data enrichment, and building power.)
Master Class: NGP VAN
Saturday, 9-10:15 a.m., Room 105
This Master Class focuses on harnessing the power of our tools that
make an organizers workflow more efficient and help improve the
quality of and access to data on our platforms. Well review the latest
techniques on everything from more efficient list creation, segmenting
contact universes into Turf, as well as streamlined ways of quickly
getting these universes into the hands of volunteers and activists (such
as the indispensable Virtual Phone Bank, including Open VPB, which
configures a call list to be publicly available within seconds) and our
widely-used MiniVAN mobile canvassing app for iOS and Android
devices. In addition, we focus on high level administration of our
integrated phone services and social organizing tool.
Master Class: Salsa
Thursday, 1-2:15 p.m., Room 105
Join this advanced Salsa session and learn how to level up your next
campaign with our powerful advocacy and email tools, featuring tips
and tricks for power users. Stick around for a sneak peek of our new,
easy-to-use DIY tools that will turn even the most casual of users into
an all-star campaigner.

SPONSORED TRAININGS
Action Network 101: A Training for Digital Organizers
Thursday, 2:30-3:45 p.m., Room 105
The Action Network is an easy-to-use, full-featured toolset for digital
organizing. In this training, you'll get an overview of Action Network's
top features and an opportunity to ask questions about how you can
use Action Network to organize your best online campaigns. This
session is ideal for folks interested in exploring new tools to run their
digital programs and existing partners new to Action Network. To
learn more about our toolset, visitactionnetwork.org/toolset. This
training is sponsored by Action Network.
America's Next Top Model
Friday, 4-5:15 p.m., Room 105
Saturday, 1:30-2:45 p.m., Room 105
As campaigns big and small, national and local, survey their resources
and needs they often arrive at a similar place: "We need a model." But
that doesnt always require building one from scratch. We will provide
attendees a basic training on the models that already exist, how best
to use them in your program, and how to assess when a custom model
is needed. Models are potent tools in campaigns and making sure you
use and maximize your resources is essential. This training is suitable
for new and experienced political operatives, strategists, and data
managers. This training is sponsored by Catalist.

Filmmaker Caucus
Introduce yourself to fellow filmmakers, producers, presenters,
activists and movie-lovers at our annual Filmmaker Caucus. All are
welcome, whether youre participating in the Screening Series or just
interested in hearing about a range of projects and meeting other
people creating progressive change through film.
T H U R S DAY, 2 : 3 0 P. M.

The Screening Liberally Reel Action Showcase


Film showcases present several films in one session by showing
10-15 minutes of each, then inviting a presenter from each film to
participate in a moderated discussion. Lineup subject to change.
This showcase includes Making a Killing, LGBT Equality Act
and Just a Judge.
T H U R S DAY, 5 : 3 0 P. M.

Screening: The Brainwashing of My Dad


Filmmaker Jen Senko looks at the rise of right-wing media through
the lens of her WWII vet father who changed from a life-long,
nonpolitical Democrat to an angry, right-wing fanatic after his
discovery of talk radio on a lengthened commute to work. In trying
to understand how this happened, she not only finds this to be a
phenomenon, but also uncovers some of the forces behind it: a plan
by Roger Ailes under Nixon to create a media for the GOP; the
Lewis Powell Memo, urging business leaders to influence institutions
of public opinion, the media and the courts; and under Reagan, the
dismantling of the Fairness Doctrineall of which helped to change
the entire countrys direction and culture, misinformed millions and
divided families and even the country itself. The film will be introduced
by Charles Chamberlain of Democracy For America, which is planning
screening parties of this film throughout the summer.
F R I DAY, 9 A. M .

Pictures in Motion: A Showcase of Movies for the Movement


Film showcases present several films in one session by showing
10-15 minutes of each, then inviting a presenter from each film to
participate in a moderated discussion. Lineup subject to change.
This showcase includes Compared to What? The Improbable
Journey of Barney Frank and House Not Home.
F R I DAY, 1 P. M .

Test Screen Your Video


Its seemingly nigh impossible to know what will and wont hit when
it comes to online shareable media, whether it be a tweeted meme
graphic, a short want-so-badly-to-be-viral video or a please-let-thishit-at-the-right-moment microsite. Thats why weve assembled
a room of experts who eat, live and breathe this stuff, and wont
whisper to anyone a word of what happens inside the room. Got a
video or graphics series youre planning for after the conference?
Test-screen it here, and well give you our take on how to give it the
best shot at spreading possible. Got something that flopped, but not
sure why? Well help you dissect what went right, what went wrong,
and what you can learn for next time.
F R I DAY, 4 P. M .

Screening: Dear President Obama


The film takes a cross-country look at drilling, highlighting its variety
of contaminations, the stories of its victims, and the false promise of
an economic boom, with a focus on clean energy solutions that would
allow us to proceed toward a future that does not rely on yet another
dirty fossil fuel extraction process. Interviews with scientists, economists,
health professionals, geologists, and whistle-blowers provide the core
information we think will convince the current President and those
who will follow to join the anti-drilling majority growing across the
United States and call for fossil fuels to be left where they belongin
the ground. An Oceans 8 film written and directed by Jon Bowermaster
and narrated by Mark Ruffalo.

FRIDAY, 6 P.M.

Screening: Boom Bust Boom


Terry Jones presents Boom Bust Boom, the result of a meeting
between writer, director and historian Python Terry Jones and
economics professor and entrepreneur Theo Kocken. Co-written by
Jones and Kocken and featuring John Cusack, Nobel Prize winners
Daniel Kahneman, Robert J Shiller and Paul Krugman, the film is
part of a global movement to change the economic system through
education to protect the world from boom and bust. A unique look at
why economic crashes happen, Boom Bust Boom is a multimedia
documentary combining live action with animation and puppetry to
explain economics to everyone.
S ATURDAY, 9 A .M.

Laughter with a Reel Punch: Comedy and Political Video


You forward your friends funny clips online, but rarely do you
forward political ads. Most of us talk with colleagues about the latest
movies with much more excitement than we talk about the latest
candidate forum. The fact is that good videos and good laughs are
two ways to cut through the noise this election season, get your message heard, and expand the audience hearing it. This session looks
at creative ways to link the two: how comedians are using the world
of video to deliver punchlines and punditry with progressive punch.
S ATURDAY, 11:45 A .M.

Virtual Reality Experience: Across the Line


This immersive VR experience puts the audience on the scene with
anti-abortion extremists trying to intimidate patients seeking sexual
and reproductive health care. Using documentary footage and a montage of real audio, viewers gain intimate knowledge of the harassment
outside and compassion inside health centers across the country
S ATURDAY, 1:30 P.M.

Screening: Abortion: Stories Women Tell


In 1973, the US Supreme court decision Roe v. Wade gave every
woman the right to have an abortion. Since 2011, over half the states
in the nation have significantly restricted access to abortions. In 2016,
abortion remains one of the most divisive issues in America, especially
in Missouri, where each year sees more restrictions. Award-winning
director and Missouri native Tracy Droz Tragos sheds new light on
the contentious issue, with a focus not on the debate, but rather on the
women themselves: those struggling with unplanned pregnancies, the
providers who show up at clinics to give medical care and the activists
on the sidewalks hoping to sway decisions and lives.
S ATURDAY, 3 P.M.

Film, Storytelling and the Fight for Abortion Rights


The filmmakers and presenters of Across the Line and Abortion:
Stories Women Tell will participate in a conversation about their
work and the role of film in the current fight over womens health
and reproductive rights.
S ATURDAY, 6 P.M.

Screening: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy


Greg Palast has been following the Bush family around for years as
an investigative reporter for the BBC. This is some of the information
he has found, as recorded in his book The Best Democracy Money
Can Buy.

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T H U R S DAY, 1 P. M.

PREMIER SPONSORS
Since 2010, ADDICTING INFO is an
American online news organization which
has been passionately committed to highlighting injusticeeconomic,
racial and social. We are proud of our long, unapologetic track record
of pushing progressive values and issues. In six short years, we have
grown from a small blog to a collection of different websites that had
over 500 million page views in 2015. Also an exhibitor

The AFL-CIO (aflcio.org) is the national


federation of 56 unions of working people.
We believe America should work for we the
people, not just the wealthy and well-connected.
Working people deserve to make more than a decent living; we deserve
a decent life. Also an exhibitor
The AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS
(aft.org) is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality
public education, healthcare and public services for our
students, their families and our communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing,
collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the
work our members do. Also an exhibitor
Since its founding in 1923 by the
Amalgamated Clothing Workers of
America, AMALGAMATED BANK
has been committed to affordable and accessible banking for all.
Amalgamateds mission is to be the preeminent bank of progressive
people, organizations, businesses, and labor. The bank is proud to be
an advocate for the advancement of workers rights, offer products and
services designed to support working families, and promote corporate
responsibility through shareholder activism.
COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA
(CWA), a labor union representing over 700,000
men and women in both private and public sectors,
is a leading voice for democracy and economic justice. CWA members
work in telecommunications, broadcasting, cable TV, journalism,
publishing, manufacturing, airlines, customer service, government
service, health care, education and other fields. Learn more at
cwa-union.org or follow us on Twitter @CWAUnion or Facebook
at facebook.com/cwaunion. Also an exhibitor
The DEMOCRATIC LEGISLATIVE
CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE (DLCC) works
to win state legislative seats and chambers for
Democrats. The DLCCs mission is to build
and maintain winning, state-of-the-art campaign committees in all 50
states by providing campaign services through a continuing partnership
with legislative leaders, professional staff, and supporters.
MOVEON.ORG began in 1998 as
a simple online petition. Since then,
weve gone on to change the face of American politics. We are now
the largest independent online political group in Americawith
millions of members fighting together to elevate the voices of real
people in our democracy and build progressive power. Also an exhibitor

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The MS. FOUNDATION FOR WOMEN was


founded in 1973 as the first foundation to directly
fund ground-breaking work by and for women
across the United States. Today the Ms. Foundation
is a dynamic and powerful entity leading the charge
on womens issues nationwide. Over the last four decades, the Ms.
Foundation has continued to promote its mission of building womens
collective power to realize a nation of justice for all by funding grassroots
organizations, supporting and nurturing those organizations through
capacity building and tirelessly advocating for national and statewide
policy change that addresses challenges affecting communities around
the country.
The NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION
(nea.org), the nations largest professional
employee organization, is committed to advancing
the cause of public education. NEAs 3 million members work at every
level of educationfrom pre-school to university graduate programs.
NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000
communities across the United States. Also an exhibitor
PLANNED PARENTHOOD ACTION
FUND is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit
organization formed as the advocacy
and nonpartisan political arm of Planned
Parenthood Federation of America. The Action Fund engages in
educational, advocacy and electoral activity, including legislative
advocacy, voter education, and grassroots organizing. Also an exhibitor
THIS WEEK IN BLACKNESS (TWiB!) is
an award-winning multimedia digital platform
housing the online broadcast network TWiB.FM,
the digital magazine VALID and the video
on-demand site Blackness.TV. TWiB! is also the name of the web
series that launched the platform in 2008. Check out their show
in the Town Square.

SPONSORS

At ACTBLUE, we build and power the


premier online fundraising platform for
Democratic campaigns, progressive organizationsand now charities!working to create a better future.
This year, we celebrated a billion dollars raised via ActBlue. We got
to that milestone because were committed to putting power in the
hands of small-dollar donors and make online giving as easy as
possible through constant optimization of our tools. With 3 million
Express users who have saved their credit card information with us,
weve become the home of grassroots donors. And we work with
thousands of groupsfrom presidential candidates to environmental
organizations to local school board memberswho can all tap into
that shared universe of donors. Also an exhibitor
ACTION NETWORK is a web-based
suite of digital organizing tools created
by and for progressives. Since our launch
in 2013, weve been providing tools to some of the biggest and most
effective organizations and campaigns in the country, including the
AFL-CIO and its affiliates, the NEA, United We Dream, the Other
98%, the Malala Fund, and many more. Were a non-profit, missiondriven organization which means were constantly focused on making
the tools the best they can be for the progressive movement. No matter
how big or small your organization or campaign, you can use Action
Network to create meaningful, easily shareable actions that keep activists engaged and help you scale your impact. Create a free account
and launch your first online campaign today at actionnetwork.org,
or contact us to talk about our networked tools appropriate for large,
federated organizations. Also an exhibitor

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL is a global


movement of people fighting injustice
and promoting human rights. We work
to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are
denied. Currently the worlds largest grassroots human rights organization, we investigate and expose abuses, educate and mobilize
the public, and help transform societies to create a safer, more just
world. We received the Nobel Peace Prize for our life-saving work.
ARCHCITY DEFENDERS is a non-profit
civil rights law firm providing holistic legal
advocacy to the poor and homeless in the
St. Louis region and beyond. ACD uses direct
services, impact litigation, and policy and media advocacy as its
primary tools to promote justice, protect civil and human rights, and
bring about systemic change on behalf of the poor and communities
of color directly impacted by the abuses of the civil and criminal
legal system. We have been active in defending Ferguson protesters
and work with organizers and activists to support the goals of directly
impacted communities with our legal strategies.
As Americas umbrella organization
and voice for bisexual, pansexual, fluid,
queer (bi+) people, BINET USA facilitates
the development of a cohesive network of independent bisexual
and bi-friendly communities; promotes bi-inclusive visibility; and
collects and distributes educational information regarding sexual
orientation and gender identity with an emphasis on bisexual
communities.
The CALIFORNIA SCHOOL EMPLOYEES
ASSOCIATION (CSEA) is the largest classified
school employees union in the United States,
representing more than 235,000 school support
staff throughout California. CSEA members perform a wide range
of essential work in our public schools and community colleges,
including security, food services, office and clerical work, school
maintenance and operations, transportation, academic assistance
and Paraeducator services, library and media assistance, computer
services and more. CSEA members take pride in our schools. We
have a personal investment in our schools and in our students, because
we have a personal commitment to our children and communities.
For over a decade, CATALIST has been a
leader in civic data and data science innovation.
Our mission is to provide progressive organizations with the data and services needed to
better identify, understand, and communicate with the people they need
to engage and mobilize. Our clients include the largest, most influential
organizations in the U.S. engaged in civic engagement, advocacy, and
political campaigns. Catalist is home to a dedicated, creative team
of technologists, data scientists and campaign experts who build best
in-class data tools and science. Catalist is committed to using our talents
and technology to nurture a vibrant, growing, progressive community.
Also an exhibitor

At the CENTER FOR MEDIA JUSTICE,


home of the Media Action Grassroots Network, we believe that the right to communicate
belongs to everyone. When we oppose media consolidation, we take
a stand for the rights of workers whose jobs are being eliminated
by corporate mergers, and for working families forced to pay more
for reduced services. When we fight for media representation, we
counter the stereotypes that help regressive policies flourish, and win
better coverage of our communities and issues. Community ownership of media infrastructure leads to robust local economies and
stronger, more engaged communities. When we hold those in power
accountable for our rights in a digital age, we counter the surveillance used to cripple our communities and our campaigns. For these
reasons, and many more, we organize under-represented constituencies
for media rights, access, and representation to win social and
economic justice.
CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT LAB (CEL)
makes social change happen faster. We provide
a launch pad for new ideas and tech-fueled,
people-powered projects that seek to change the world. Since 2008,
weve supported more than 30 nonprofit startups working on issues
like voting access, gender justice, migrant rights, and racial equity. We
encourage experimentation and help innovators take risks, connecting
them to our in-house labs, team of experts, back-office infrastructure,
and funder networks. CELs partners have been driving forces in
major progressive victories over the past decade, and we are eager to
support the next generation of leaders. Is this you? engagementlab.org
CREDO MOBILE is Americas only progressive
phone company. Not only do we provide excellent
phones and service, but unlike other mobile providers, we fight every
day for progressive change. Every month we contribute more than
$150,000$81 million since 1985to great organizations like Electronic
Frontier Foundation, Color of Change, and 350.org. In fact we are
Planned Parenthoods largest corporate donor. CREDO Action, our
network of 4 million activists, has been on the front lines of some
of the most important recent progressive victories, like stopping the
Keystone XL Pipeline and stopping the right-wing from pushing the
United States toward war with Iran. We are one of the leading organizations opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other job killing
trade deals, and this year were partnering with Color of Change to
demand corporations not sponsor Donald Trumps hate at the Republican
National Convention. To learn more, visit credomobile.com.
CROWDPAC is the first crowdfunding
platform designed for politicshelping candidates,
organizations and ordinary citizens fund the change they want to
see. We use the best technology and objective data to boost political
participation, helping citizens to vote, by understanding the candidates
on their ballot; to fund political change through crowd funding tools,
and helping anyone run for office by raising money and mobilizing
support independent of big donors and special interests. Crowdpac
is your political machine.
People living in our nations capital pay full
federal taxes, fight and die in wars, and serve on
juries, yet are still denied voting representation in
the U.S Congress. DC VOTE envisions a fairer America where residents of the nations capital are equal citizens. Where Washingtonians
gain the freedom to control our own budget, pass our own laws without Congressional interference and have the right to representation in
the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate equal to each
of the 50 states. This will be permanently guaranteed for everyone in
the District only when DC is granted Statehood. Representation in
Congress is a civil and human right. The exclusion of nearly 660,000
people who live in Washington, DC is simply un-American.

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SPONSORS

THE AMERICAN PROSPECT is a quarterly print and digital political magazine


based in Washington, D.C. Our website, Prospect.org also produces
daily commentary on events of the day along with a steady stream
of public policy analysis. Were liberal and progressive but we also
hold the Left accountable when necessary. When the Prospect was
founded in 1990, conservatism was ascendant and income inequality
had begun to balloon. There wasnt then a progressive publication
focused on economic issues that was as interested in policy as it
was politics. So we filled that void. Since then, weve expanded our
coverage to address broader issues of social justiceimmigration,
gay rights, womens rights as well as education and the environment.
Come check us out at Prospect.org.

DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA (DFA) is a


people-powered Political Action Committee,
electing progressive candidates to all levels of
office in all 50 states. With over one million
members, DFA is a grassroots powerhouse
working to change our country and the Democratic Party from the
bottom-up.
DSPOLITICAL is the progressive movements first online advertising network
that enables campaigns and organizations
to deliver digital ads to the exact audience they choose to target.
After matching a pool of over 600 million cookies to the Catalist
voter file, DSPolitical builds 50-plus custom segments that allow
Democratic candidates and progressive organizations to reach the
registered voters or strong activists they need to affect the most.
DSPolitical serves robust online ads to the public based on registration,
partisanship, ethnicity, geography, household income, election turnout
likeliness, education, likeliness to donate and more. By combining the
depth and emotion of television ads with the targeting capability of
direct mail and the interactivity of online, DSPolitical enables clients
to run the most successful and affordable online campaigns possible.
Also an exhibitor
EMERGE AMERICA is a national
organization committed to increasing
the number of Democratic women
leaders from diverse backgrounds in public office through recruitment,
training and providing a powerful network. As the number of
elected Democratic women remains stagnant in legislatures across
the country, the need for our work is growing. We currently work
in sixteen states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Kentucky, Maine,
Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New
Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin
and are working to open more states every year.
EMILYS LIST, the nations largest
resource for women in politics, has raised
over $400 million to support pro-choice
Democratic women candidatesmaking it one of the most successful political organizations ever. We recruit and train candidates,
support strong campaigns, research womens issues, and turn out
women voters. Weve trained over 9,000 women to run and helped
elect over 100 women to the House, 19 to the Senate, 11 governors,
and over 700 to state and local office. Since its founding in 1985,
almost one-third of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to
Congress have been women of colorincluding every single Latina,
African American, and Asian American Democratic congresswoman
currently serving.
EVENTBRITE is the worlds largest selfservice ticketing platform. We build the
technology to allow anyone to create, share, find and attend new things
to do that fuel their passions and enrich their lives. Music festivals, marathons, conferences, hackathons, air guitar contests, political rallies,
fundraisers, gaming competitionsyou name it, we power it. Our
mission? To bring the world together through live experiences, just like
Netroots Nation. Sign up today with us at eventbrite.com/politics.
EVERYACTION is the unified CRM
that nonprofits have been waiting for.
Get a complete view of your supporters and manage fundraising,
advocacy, email, and volunteersall in one place. Also an exhibitor

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Founded in 2004, FACEBOOKs mission is to make the


world more open and connected. People use Facebook
to stay connected with friends and family, to discover
whats going on in the world, and to share and express what matters
to them.
FIREBRAND RECORDS is a bold new project from
Ryan Harvey (Riot-Folk) and Tom Morello (Rage
Against The Machine, Audioslave, Prophets of Rage)
dedicated to the global release and distribution of
radical, socially conscious music. In recent years,
people around the world have surprised each other with their courage,
strength and willingness to stand against injustice, militarism and
corruption. And where there has been protest, there has been music.
Born from these times, Firebrand gives a platform for such voices.
We know that music alone does not change the world, but we recognize
that it is an integral part of the movements that do.
The FOUNDATION FOR MIDDLE EAST
PEACE promotes a just resolution to the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Foundation
advances this goal through education and advocacy; publications
about the conflict; a speakers program to introduce Israeli, Palestinian
and other experts to U.S. audiences; public speaking by officers of
the Foundation; and a small grant program to support groups that
advance the cause of peace in Israel and Palestine.
INMEX provides complimentary meeting
planning resources while working closely with
media, environmental, human rights, philanthropic, labor and
community organizations so your event dollars sustain hotel
corporations that respect the communities, the workers and the
environment in which they operate. Site Selection: INMEX compiles
detailed information about cities and suppliers, so you know which
locations and corporations share your values before you book the
event. Contract Negotiations: INMEX negotiates the best available
rates and concessions in addition to ensuring that the final contract
protects your group from the unexpected. Contact INMEX to plan
your next meeting! 314-302-7392. cbusiek@inmex.org.
The INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF
TEAMSTERS (teamster.org) is North Americas
strongest and most diverse labor union. Founded
in 1903, the Teamsters are known as the champion
of freight drivers and warehouse workers, but have
organized workers in virtually every occupation
imaginable, both professional and non-professional, private sector
and public sector. Our 1.4 million members are airline pilots, brewers, police officers, public defenders, railway workers, secretaries
and zookeepers. They also work in construction, food processing
and healthcare. There are more than 400 Teamster local unions
throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Read the
Teamster Nation blog at teamster.org/blog.
LADY PARTS JUSTICE LEAGUE is a team of
comedians, cultural influencers, technologists,
and activists that use pop culture, creativity,
humor and outrage to expose the powerful
anti-choice movement, destigmatize abortion,
and advocate for reproductive rights across the
country. LPJL infuses comedy into reproductive rights spaces while
dropping some knowledge and activism into our pop culture and
social lives, inspiring folks who have not been active in the feminist
and reproductive rights movements to get on board. Also an exhibitor

MEGAPHONE STRATEGIES PR by the movement, for the movement. Join us online to find
out more! MegaphoneStrategies.com
The METRO TRANS UMBRELLA GROUP
(MTUG) is a transgender-run org for transgender
people in the St. Louis metro area. We build power
for transgender people through advocacy, education
visibility and support. Also an exhibitor
MISSOURIANS ORGANIZING FOR REFORM
AND EMPOWERMENT (MORE) believes that
Missouri is positioned at a unique intersection of
social, economic, climate, and environmental injustice.
We believe that as corporate power continues its unabated expansion and the gap between the rich and the poor widens, there has
never been a better time for our low-income communities to come
together and fight back. MORE seeks to be a powerful organization
of low- and moderate-income people building power in our

communities.

Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE) believes that Missouri is positioned at a unique intersection
of social, economic, climate, and environmental injustice. We believe that as corporate power continues its unabated
expansion and the gap between the rich and the poor widens, there has never been a better time for our low-income
communities to come together and fight back. MORE seeks to be a powerful organization of low- and moderate-income
people building power in our communities.

MONOLITH REGISTRY LLC is the


USA-based top-level registry for the
domains .VOTE and .VOTO, its Spanish/
Italian/Portuguese language counterpart. The new .VOTE and
.VOTO domains are designed to help elected officials, governments,
candidates and organizations get information to voters such as candidate materials, voter registration information, ballot initiatives,
and referendums. This will help solve the chronic problem of
misleading political sites in unrestricted domains such as .COM.
We are pleased that thousands have already registered these two
new domains including several states that are quickly consolidating
their election and voter information under a .VOTE domain.
NARAL PRO-CHOICE AMERICA is an
independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit
membership organization formed as the
advocacy and political arm of NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation. NARAL Pro-Choice America engages in educational and
electoral activity, including voter education, grassroots organizing
and legislative advocacy.
The NATIONAL LGBTQ TASK FORCE
builds the power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender and queer community from
the ground up. The Task Force is the countrys premier social justice
organization fighting to improve the lives of LGBT people, and
working to create positive, lasting change and opportunity for all.
Follow us @TheTaskForce.

The NATIONAL UNION OF HEALTHCARE


WORKERS is a member-driven movement for
democracy, quality patient care, and a stronger
voice in the workplace. Founded in 2009, NUHW represents 11,000
caregivers in hospitals and nursing homes throughout California.
NUHW is committed to raising contract standards for all healthcare
workers; holding healthcare corporations accountable to patients and
communities; safeguarding patient care from cutbacks by corporate
healthcare executives and politicians; and fighting for a progressive
agenda within the healthcare sector and beyond. The union has been
at the forefront of the fight for mental health parity. Its successful
effort to hold Kaiser Permanente accountable to its psychiatric patients
sparked a national debate on mental health in 2015. Also an exhibitor
The #1 platform used by political campaigns
worldwide, NATIONBUILDER gets you up
and running immediately with action websites,
fundraising, email blasting, scannable walksheets,
mobile canvassing applications, and free voter data. Also an exhibitor
NETROOTS CONNECT brings together
online and offline activists, journalists,
organizations, bloggers, funders and
others to create new opportunities for discussion and cooperation.
LGBT Netroots Connect programs include annual meetings and
workshops, networking events, scholarships and diversity outreach.
The LGBT Netroots Connect pre-conference for Netroots Nation
brings together leaders, communicators and activists from throughout the LGBT community. LGBT Netroots Connect also coordinates
the LGBT Caucus meetings and policy briefings for scholarship
recipients. LGBT Netroots Connect is committed to expanding our
reach to new and diverse communities. We seek to break down the
barriers that prevent so many from participating in the online world.
NGP VAN is the leading technology
provider to Democratic and progressive
campaigns and organizations, offering
clients an integrated platform of the best fundraising, compliance,
field, organizing, digital, and social networking products. Nearly every
major Democratic campaign in America is powered by NGP VAN.
Also an exhibitor
The ORGANIZATION FOR
BLACK STRUGGLE (OBS) is a
St. Louis-based organization that works to build a movement that
fights for political empowerment, economic justice and the cultural
dignity of the African American community, especially the black
working class.
PHONE2ACTION is a civic engagement
software platform that connects advocates
directly to their public officials, allowing
them to easily voice their opinions on policy matters. The platform
allows organizations to help constituents interact with their officials
through email, patch-through calling, and on social media. We
also have a full suite of live advocacy tools for live events.
Legislative tracking includes lawmakers scorecards and legislative
widgets. Phone2Action is available in ten languages, and is currently
powering campaigns across all fifty states and in twelve countries
abroad. Last year alone, Phone2Action facilitated four million
engagements between advocates and their officials, on a wide-array
of pressing issues such as ride-sharing, rooftop solar, and education
funding. The company is venture-backed based and is based in
Washington, DC. Also an exhibitor

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SPONSORS

LIVING LIBERALLY (livingliberally.org) is


a dynamic network of progressive social
communities with over 200 local, volunteer-led chapters across the
country, including Americas most conservative corners. Best known
for the ubiquitous Drinking Liberally happy hours, we also host
Screening Liberally films, Reading Liberally book tours, Eating
Liberally meals and Laughing Liberally comedy shows. Our gatherings
are free, inclusive, festive, engaging and fun. In addition to our local
groups, Living Liberally partners with progressive allies in promoting
shared values, cultural events and special initiatives. If you need to get
the ear of liberals everywhere, come to us. Co-founder Justin Krebs
recently published Blue in a Red State, a book of stories of the lives
of liberals in conservative communities across the country. Additionally,
Living Liberally has published books, produced videos for advocacy
partners, led workshops in community-building, social media and
volunteer leadership, and run the national Laughing Liberally comedy
tour. Wherever you are, you can live liberallystart a chapter for free
or find the group nearest you: livingliberally.org. Also an exhibitor

PROGRESS MISSOURI is an aggressive, non-stop,


multi-issue communications and research hub
serving progressive partners and candidates
throughout Missouri. We work outside of traditional
party structures, filling a unique and critical role in Missouris
progressive infrastructure. Were a proud member of the ProgressNow
network, working with our national colleagues to constantly share and
sharpen our solid research and cutting-edge new media strategies.
PROMO is Missouris statewide organization
advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and
transgender equality through legislative action,
electoral politics, grassroots organizing, and community education.
The PUBLIC INTEREST
NETWORK includes the
state Public Interest Research Groups, U.S. PIRG, state environmental
groups in 29 states, Environment America, Environmental Action,
Center for Public Interest Research, Toxics Action Center, Pesticide
Watch, Green Century Capital Management, Green Corps, National
Environmental Law Center, Frontier Group, Community Voters
Project, Snowriders International, Accelerate Change, Voices for
Progress and Impact. Together, these groups employ a full arsenal
of time-tested strategies for change, including organizing, advocacy,
research and policy analysis, litigation and socially responsible investing. These strategies have resulted in hundreds of laws, policies, and
other changes that have protected consumers, preserved the environment, and made corporations and government more responsive to
the public interest. Also an exhibitor
REPROACTION is a new direct action group
forming to increase access to abortion and
advance reproductive justice.
ROCKET FUEL combines the science
of Artificial Intelligence with the scale
of Big Data to improve the effectiveness of programmatic advertising.
Consultants, campaigns, committees, and issue advocacy groups trust
Rocket Fuels Marketing That Learns to achieve persuasion and
direct-response objectives throughout election cycles. Rocket Fuel offers
a complete programmatic marketing platform for the worlds most
innovative, always-on marketers. The platform includes online-to-offline
data management, programmatic media-buying, site optimization, and
predictive analytics capabilities that extend across a marketers paid
and owned channels, and personalize every voter interaction. Rocket
Fuels proprietary technology coupled with voter file data is a powerful
combination for delivering results across digital platforms. Rocket Fuel
operates in more than 20 offices worldwide and trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol FUEL.
For more information, please visit rocketfuel.com/political.
The SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL
UNION (SEIU) unites 2 million diverse members in
the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. SEIU
members working in the healthcare industry, in the
public sector and in property services believe in the
power of joining together on the job to win higher wages and benefits and to create better communities while fighting for a more just
society and an economy that works for all of us, not just corporations
and the wealthy. www.seiu.org. Also an exhibitor

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The SIERRA CLUB is Americas


largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization
with more than 2.4 million members and supporters nationwide.
In addition to offering meaningful outdoor experiences for all ages,
the Sierra Club works to safeguard the health of all communities,
build an inclusive, 100% clean-energy economy, protect wildlife,
and preserve our remaining wild places through grassroots activism,
public education, lobbying, and legal advocacy. For more information,
visit sierraclub.org. The Beyond Coal campaign is the Sierra Clubs
largest campaign and works to build community-based transitions from
coal to clean, renewable energy. Also an exhibitor
STAND UP TO ALEC Through the corporatefunded American Legislative Exchange Council,
global corporations and state politicians work
behind closed doors to rewrite state laws that govern
your rights. These so-called model bills reach into
almost every area of American life and often directly benefit huge
corporations. ALEC is the face of corruption in the 21st Century. In
ALECs own words, corporations have a VOICE and a VOTE on
specific changes to the law that are then proposed in your state. DO
YOU? Its time to join us and #standuptoALEC. Also an exhibitor
ULTRAVIOLET is a powerful and rapidly
growing community of people from all
walks of life who are mobilized to fight
sexism and expand womens rights, from
politics and government to media and pop culture. UltraViolet
works on a range of issues, including health care, economic security,
anti-violence, reproductive rights, racial justice, and immigration, by
putting the voices of all women, especially women of color and LGBTQ
women, front and center. Through our successful campaigns, including pressuring Amazon, Netflix, Sony, and political leaders such as
Paul Ryan and Reince Priebus, weve shown that there is a real cost
for being anti-women.
UNITE HERE represents over 270,000 workers
throughout the U.S. and Canada who work primarily in hotels, casinos, airports, and food service.
Our membership hails from the diverse communities that make up
the two countries, and the majority of UNITE HERE members are
women. Across North America, UNITE HERE members have made
dining hall jobs on college campuses, housekeeping jobs in hotels and
casinos, and hundreds of thousands of other traditionally low-wage
jobs into good, family-sustaining, middle class jobs. We continue to
organize and fight to win respect for the work we do, power in our
industries, and a better future for ourselves and our families.
The UNITED STEELWORKERS (USW) is the
largest industrial union in North America, representing 1.2 million active and retired members
in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and
the Virgin Islands. USW members forge steel, smelt aluminum, build
tires, refine oil, produce paper and form glass. They also make Harley
Davidson motorcycles, Ocello sponges, Cutco cutlery, Pyrex glass, All
Clad pots, Jacobson hats, Sealy mattresses and Puffs facial tissues. Proud
to be union members, they work hard politically to secure the rights
theyve gained and to advance the cause of all working people.
WORKING AMERICA is the community affiliate
of the AFL-CIO. With 3 million members, we
mobilize working people who dont have the
benefit of a union at work to fight for good jobs and a fair economy
that benefits us all, not just the wealthy. This year, we will hold two
million face-to-face conversations with working people in key battleground states, running the biggest independent field program on the
progressive side. Were committed to uniting working people in urban
and suburban communities around a shared economic agenda.

CENTER FOR MEDIA AND DEMOCRACY


is a national watchdog group that investigates the
undue influence of corporations on media and
democracy. CMDs investigations are regularly
cited by influential leaders and outlets. CMD launched the breakthrough ALECexposed investigation. CMDs research on ALEC, the
Kochs, SPN, Exxon, the Chamber, and others shapes national and
local conversations about our democracy, environment, economy, and
schools. Our newest site is ExposedByCMD.org, which consolidates
research and reporting from PRWatch.org, ALECexposed.org, SourceWatch.org, ALECclimatechangedenial.org, StinkTanks.org, and more.

ALLIANCE FOR JUSTICE works for a


more equitable society on behalf of over 100
environmental, civil and womens rights, and
other groups. The Bolder Advocacy program
offers plain-language guides, workshops, and free technical assistance
to non-profits navigating IRS advocacy rules. Justice Programs lead the
movement for a fair, independent federal judiciary and work towards
social justice. Learn more at afj.org. AFJ ACTION CAMPAIGN
provides invaluable resources and technical assistance to help 501(c)
(4)s and their donors advocate effectively, and promotes a national
conversation about the importance of the courts to advance core
constitutional values and secure unfettered access to justice for all.

CLIMATE TOOTHPASTE is an outreach


and fundraising tool for climate advocacy
groups. It connects people who care but
are not active on climate change, to climate groups that need help.
Its not toothpaste (sorry!) Its an art object. Upon close inspection
its covered with information about climate change. Inside the box
is a brochure about climate advocacy groups, and how to reach them.
Climate Toothpaste is being *gifted* to carbon pricing groups who are
working on proactive solutions to climate change. These partners keep
all sales proceeds from Climate Toothpaste. 50% of online sales from
climatetoothpaste.com go back in to the project, to keep it going.
Four out of 5 climate activists recommend Climate Toothpaste.

AMERICANS UNITED FOR SEPARATION


OF CHURCH AND STATE is a nonpartisan,
non-profit, educational organization dedicated to
preserving the constitutional principle of churchstate separation to ensure religious freedom for all
Americans. Based in Washington, D.C., Americans United works in
the courts, in Congress and state legislatures, at the White House and
in the arena of public opinion. We address an array of issues including
faith-based initiatives, taxpayer-funded school vouchers, religion in
public schools, and religious prayer at government-sponsored events.
We also work to address discrimination against the LGBT community,
and womens access reproductive healthcare where it intersects with
church-state separation. Americans United is led by Executive Director
Barry W. Lynn. For more information on AU visit au.org.

CORNERSHOP CREATIVE is an awardwinning online services company committed to


listening carefully to our nonprofit and small
business clients and helping them achieve their
goals, whether they are in fundraising, advocacy, sales, or engagement.
Our team of WordPress experts brings together more than 100 years of
combined experience providing website design, website development,
online fundraising, and online strategy to nonprofits and small businesses.
If your company or organization needs help with online strategy,
design, development, or implementation, we can help!

BUTTONSMITH INC. is a union-affiliated


(IUPAT) American manufacturing operation which
makes buttons, badge reels, lanyards, magnets, and
custom printed T-shirts. Founded in 2013 by then10-year-old Henry using his moms old campaign
button making equipment, he now employs 9 adults
in a storefront on the main street in downtown Carnation, Washington.
A Netroots Nation regular, Henry will be happy to make your custom
buttons or T-shirts, complete with union bug!
The CAMPAIGN FOR YOUTH
JUSTICE (CFYJ) is a national initiative
focused entirely on ending the practice of
prosecuting, sentencing, and incarcerating youth under the age of 18
in the adult criminal justice system. The strategic goals of CFYJ are
to reduce the total number of youth prosecuted in the adult criminal
justice system and to decrease the harmful impact of trying youth in
adult court. The campaign utilizes both federal and state-level strategies
for youth justice reform. We strongly believe that any movement must
involve those who are most impacted by the laws and policies.

CQRC ENGAGE is the market-leading


grassroots advocacy solution, enabling organizations to keep their advocates educated
and engaged about their issues and to contact elected officials. Built
to include the core features of our groundbreaking CapWiz service,
CQRC Engage offers an all in one easy-to-use platform.
DESIGN ACTION provides graphic design and
visual communications for progressive, non-profit
and social change organizations. By providing
these high-quality services, we contribute to building a broad and effective progressive movement
and participate in the struggle for social justice. We are a majority
women and people of color, worker-owned cooperative, union shop
located in Oakland, CA. Design Action was founded in 2003 and we
continue to grow our team to meet the changing needs of the social
justice movement.
ECOVILLAGE NETWORK We help people
find, start and grow intentional communities,
eco-villages, communes, co-ops and co-housing
neighborhoods. We share best practices for sustainable living, shared
decision-making and collective governance. We help break down
stereotypes about community (were not your fathers hippy commune, by any means) and make alternative paths more sustainable
for everybody. Our communities are leading the way in simple living,
confronting our national crises in income inequality and housing
un-affordability, and showing us how we all can have dramatically
lower carbon impacts with higher quality of life.

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EXHIBITORS

The ACLU OF MISSOURI defends civil


liberties and the principles of equality and
justice in Missouri through its litigation,
legislative, organizing, and public education
programs. The ACLU was founded in 1920 as the first public interest
law firm of its kind, and is recognized as the countrys foremost
advocate of individual rights. We base our work largely on the Bill of
Rightsthe first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitutionwhich,
along with state and federal laws, protects certain fundamental rights
of individuals against the power of the government and will of the
majority. Visit us at aclu-mo.org.

FAIRVOTE is a non-partisan, non-profit


organization that seeks to make democracy
fair, functional, and more representative.
We research and propose common sense changes to strengthen our
democracy and ensure all voices are heard and every vote counts in
every election. Operating since 1992 and with a staff of more than
20 people in 2016, we work with scholars, civic leaders, policymakers,
journalists and national, state, and local reform partners to advance
fairer elections. In this section, you can read more about our story,
our staff, upcoming employment opportunities and opportunities to
support our work.
Founded in 1987 and located in the
heart of Washington, DC, GWS
GRADUATE SCHOOL OF POLITICAL
MANAGEMENT is the first and foremost school of applied politics,
communications, and advocacy offering masters degrees in the following disciplines: Advocacy in the Global Environment, Legislative
Affairs, Political Management, and Strategic Public Relations. We
provide a hands-on education, not a theoretical exploration. Our
students know what they want to do to change the world; we teach
them how to use the strategies and tactics needed to do it. Our
faculty are recognized industry leaders and bring the best practices
of the field into the classroom.
The GRASSROOTS INSTITUTE FOR FUNDRAISING TRAINING (GIFT) is a multiracial
organization that promotes the connection between
fundraising, social justice and movement-building.
GIFT builds the capacity of nonprofit organizations to raise money
and develop healthy, diverse, and sustainable fundraising programs.
We believe that how groups are funded is as important to achieving
their goals as how the money is spent, and that building community
support is central to long-term social change.
The GUTTMACHER INSTITUTE is a leading research
and policy organization committed to advancing sexual
and reproductive health and rights in the U.S. and globally. The Institute conducts research and informs public
debate in order to promote effective, evidence-driven
policies and programs.
HUSTLE is a new, easy-to-use mobile text messaging app that allows organizers to engage in personal
1-on-1 conversations with members and supporters
around shared values. With its streamlined design, Hustle allows organizers to start and evolve authentic and meaningful conversations in
a fraction of the time it would take to make phone callsand with
far higher response rates. Hustles clients include campaigns like
Bernie 2016; advocacy groups like Everytown for Gun Safety,
Planned Parenthood, and NextGen Climate; and national unions
like SEIU and the NEA.
I AGREE TO SEE is a growing collection of both
new political ads and memorable political communication from the past. Our team of political media
professionals, advertising experts, journalists and campaign veterans
curates the best, funniest and most creative political communication
from around the globe and shares it with a politically engaged audience.
We focus on facts, polling, innovative advertising technology and our
own political expertise to add insight to the story behind the screen.

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ICITIZEN is a civic and political platform that connects


people with one another and their elected representatives
around the issues they care about. Weigh in on news,
issues and polls that affect you in your community and
government to inspire meaningful change. icitizen is where your voice,
interests and priorities count.
The IMPACT FUND advances
economic, environmental and
social justice through the mechanism of impact litigation. We fund
out-of-pocket expenses for cases, typically class actions, which are in
the public interest fighting against Title VII civil rights discrimination,
human rights abuses, criminalization of poverty, environmental racism
and voter suppression. We provide education and training for the
next generation of public interest lawyers via an annual conference
and training institute. We maintain an active litigation docket to hold
big business and small-minded government accountable to the 99%,
and are frequently counsel or an amicus at the US Supreme Court.
impactfund.org, @ImpactFund
The INSTITUTE FOR PALESTINE
STUDIES (IPS) is dedicated to the
documentation, research, analysis, and publication on Palestinian
affairs and the Arab-Israeli conflict. With an emphasis on preserving
Palestinian heritage and presenting the Palestinian perspective, along
with a peaceful resolution, we publish the Journal of Palestine Studies
and have published hundreds of books on everything from Palestinian
photography to Ottoman-era history.
At JEWISH VOICE FOR PEACE (JVP),
were inspired by Jewish tradition to work
together for peace, justice, human rights, and
a U.S. foreign policy based on those ideals. Our members are people of
all faiths and none, and we organize to end Israeli apartheid.
KATRINAS DREAM is a registered NGO with the
United Nations whose mission is the full inclusion of
women in the church and in society and other social
justice issues.
L2 is the countrys leading provider of high
quality enhanced voter data, customized data
processing and data technology. For over 40 years
L2 has served a broad spectrum of national clients including candidates,
consultants, polling firms, PACs, associations and public relations
specialists. L2 is a partner with scores of local, state and federal officials
helping them communicate effectively with constituents. In recent years
L2 has become industry leader in data technology with our award
winning VoterMapping platform. L2 data is now available for digital
advertising allowing users to target ads using our voter, consumer and
modeled data.
The METAPHOR PROJECT (metaphorproject.org)
teaches progressive activists how to mainstream their
messages by framing them as part of the best American
story. Using broadly accessible American phases, images
and metaphors, we help people evoke the most powerful
American story elements for their messages.
The NATIONAL WRITERS UNION (United Auto
Workers Local 1981, AFL-CIO) is a national labor union
and advocacy organization for freelance and contract
writers in all genres, media, and formats. The NWU
works to defend the rights and improve the economic and
working conditions of all writers. The NWUs members include journalists, book authors, business and technical writers, web site, print and
email newsletter content providers, bloggers, academic writers, editors,
poets, playwrights, screen writers and other writers.

PEOPLE FOR THE AMERICAN WAY (pfaw.org)


is dedicated to making the promise of America real
for every American: Equality. Freedom of speech.
Freedom of religion. The right to seek justice in
a court of law. The right to cast a vote that counts. The American
Way. We believe a society that reflects these constitutional principles
and progressive values is worth fighting for, and we take seriously our
responsibility to cultivate new generations of leaders and activists who
will sustain these values for the life of this nation.
POLITECH is a technology, data and analytics firm.
We transform how campaigns use technology and
data, and have innovated tools and programs that have
been vital to many successful campaigns. Our team is
comprised of web developers, designers, data scientists,
and analysts. Using our extensive experience we customize tools and
design programs to meet our clients goals, while delivering cost effective solutions for our clients objectives. We have worked with political
campaigns, advocacy groups, non-profits, and corporations since 2012.
We have built customized web applications, create responsive websites,
have developed data driven programs, crafted winning strategies, and
executed analytic experiments
Corporations have their lobbyists in Washington,
D.C.; the people need advocates too. Thats where
PUBLIC CITIZEN (citizen.org) comes in. We serve
as the peoples voice in the halls of power, championing citizen interests before Congress, the executive branch agencies and
the courts. We work for reduced corporate influence over government;
clean, safe and sustainable energy; a strong regulatory system; safe
drugs and affordable health care; citizen access to the courts; and a
trade agenda that can benefit Americans rather than multinational
corporations. We take no government or corporate money, which
enables us to remain fierce and independent advocates for the people.
As a progressive firm, we understand and support
our clients goals, so when you hire PPP, you know
you have a partner that is fully invested in your
organization. Every poll we conduct is handled from start to finish by
highly qualified pollsters with years of experience in public opinion
research. Our business model is both economical and efficient so we
can deliver the highest quality product to our clients at the lowest possible
price. According to reviews and analysis by the WSJ, Politico and YouGov, PPP is one of the most accurate pollsters in the country.

SHAREPROGRESS helps nonprofits and progressive political


groups get more viral growth on their online campaigns. Our easyto-use, data-powered tools will drive more social sharing from your
users and help you find the best messaging with social media A/B
testing and real-time analytics. We also provide data science services
to let you better understand and optimize online engagement, and
we offer creative technology services to help you develop new and
innovative digital campaigns.
TAX REVOLUTION INSTITUTE is a nonpartisan, 501(c)(3)-pending organization dedicated to promoting transparency, accountability,
and integrity at all levels of the U.S. Tax System.
Through FOIA requests, briefings, testimonies, advocacy, research,
conferences, town halls and educational programs, TRI teaches the
public what the U.S. Tax Code requires and also exposes corruption,
fraud, and incompetence within our tax system and from the IRS. Our
leadership and staff have diverse backgrounds and political ideologies.
Join the #TaxRevolution at TaxRevolution.us.
After decades of military occupation, colonization,
and dispossession, there is a growing understanding
that U.S. policy towards Israel/Palestine must
change in order to respect human rights. The
US CAMPAIGN TO END THE ISRAELI
OCCUPATION is a diverse coalition of hundreds
of organizations and more than 100,000 individuals throughout the
United States working to support freedom, justice, and equality for
Palestinians. In partnership with coalition members, allies, and other
progressive movements, we aim to challenge institutional and governmental complicity in Israels human rights violations through boycott,
divestment, and sanctions campaigns.
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handcrafted, Fair Trade and sustainably produced gifts as well as fairly
traded coffee, chocolate, tea and other treats. We are proud members
of the Fair Trade Federation. Our pledge is to support the people and
the environment in a positive way. We work with suppliers that are
dedicated to promoting Fair Trade and to giving international market
access to artisans and their families. To that end, we strive to bring you
unique crafts that meet certified Fair Trade standards.

The SECULAR STUDENT ALLIANCE is a


501(c)(3) educational nonprofit. We organize
and empower nonreligious students around the
country, primarily by fostering grassroots campus
groups which provide a welcoming community for secular students
to discuss and promote their secular values. The SSA offers students
resources including leadership training and support, guest speakers,
project grants, and other resources. The SSA also oversees the Secular
Safe Zone, a program for training allies to create safe spaces for nontheists and encourage acceptance, understanding, and tolerance. Allies
are also trained to recognize and respond to issues of discrimination,
harassment, and bullying of non-theists.

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An 11,000-strong member-led movement


for democracy, quality patient care,
and a stronger voice in the workplace.
NUHW.org
NUHW.org

healthcareworkers

NUHW

healthcareworkers

Experienced organizers welcome. Apply at NUHW.org/jobs

THESE ARE THE FACTS:


ONE IN FIVE WOMEN
experiences intimate
partner violence at some
point in their her lifetime.

162 ABORTION CLINICS


have closed and states have
enacted nearly 300 restrictions in the last five years.

The pay gap robs white


women $400,000 OVER A
LIFETIMEand it's DOUBLE
that for women of color.

BUT THATS WHY WERE HERE.


fighting back against sexism since 2012

CHECK OUT ULTRAVIOLETS PANELS:


Pop! Goes the Hegemony: Activists Taking on the Entertainment Industryand Winning | THURS 2:30PM
Silence, Shame, Scandal: Ending Abortion Stigma in the Media (and the Fight to Protect Access) | THURS 2:30PM
Ending Campus Rape: How Survivors are Creating a Winning National Movement | FRI 4:30PM

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THE SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION CONGRATULATES


NETROOTS NATION ON YOUR 11TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE.

As union members, we are all fighting for every family to succeed. Together with our partners,
supporters and all those who believe in the irrefutable cause for justicewe are unstoppable.
We look forward to working with you to create the next forms of worker organization;
build a wider movement around our common struggle for economic, racial, immigrant
and environmental justice; and innovate in our union so we can use our collective
strength to win for our families and communities.

The Foundation for


Middle East Peace
is a leading voice seeking a peaceful
resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Through education and advocacy, we raise
awareness about how peace can work - as
well as the threats that terrorism and military
occupation pose.

WITH THOUSANDS OF LIVES RUINED


AND LOST, AND NEW VICTIMS DAILY,
PEACE IS NEEDED MORE THAN EVER.
Peace doesnt just help Palestinians and
Israelis. Its an American interest, too. And as
Israels closest ally, the U.S. is in a unique
position to bring the two parties together to
help them find a just, equitable, and durable
solution to a conflict that has dragged on for
too long.

Hate has no place


in this state.

Keeping Hate Out of the Show-Me


State Since 1986.
promoonline.org

Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment

Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE) believes that Missouri is positioned at a un
(MORE) believes that Missouri is positioned at a unique
of social, economic, climate, andintersection
environmental
injustice.
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that and
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the richinjustice.
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We believe
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its unabated
expansion
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between of low- and m
powerful
organization
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fight back.
MORE seeks
to be aand
the rich and the poor widens, there has never been a

people building power in our communities.


better time for our low-income communities to come

together and fight back. MORE seeks to be a powerful


organization of low- and moderate-income people
building power in our communities.

ADVANCEMENTPROJECT.ORG

@Adv_Project #JustDemocracy

PR by the movement.
For the movement.

PROVIDING LEGAL SERVICES TO ST. LOUIS'


INDIGENT POPULATION SINCE 2009

Securing rights and promoting


justice through direct services,
impact ligitigation, and media &
policy advocacy
Want to learn more about ACD?
visit our website at
www.archcitydefenders.org
1210 Locust Street, St. Louis, MO | 855-724-2489

JOIN US ONLINE TO FIND OUT MORE!

MegaphoneStrategies.com

Electing a Movement
Friday, July 15

Special Guests:

Tishaura Jones, City of St. Louis Treasurer


Kim Foxx, Candidate for Cook County States Attorney
Cora Faith Walker, Candidate for Missouri House District 74

We know that representation


at every level of the ballot is critical.
Hear from our panelists who are running for
different offices about whats shaped the
priorities they will bring with them.

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Bi Stories
Project

+
Netroots

Nation!

BiNet USA
Promoting awareness and providing support
to the bisexual community since 1991

1 800 585 9368 | www.binetusa.org

Now you can share


your own stories of
discrimination, erasure,
or support, or tell us
how you have
supported the bi, pan,
fluid, queer (bi+) people
in your life.
binetusa.org/bistories

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Move on up!
Join New Media Mentors
own Tanya Tarr for:

Ladders that Build Leaders:


Rebooting Engagement (Online and Off)

This training will lead participants through


a set of strategic planning tools and exercises
to show how ladders of digital engagement
can be built to foster online growth and
offline leadership development.

SATURDAY AT 9 A.M. ROOM 105

New Media Mentors is a hands-on learning


program that helps nonprofits build their
power and win campaigns. Learn more and
download tools at newmediamentors.org.

If I were not president but king in America,


I would abolish all teachers lounges where they
sit together and worry about woe is us.
John Kasich

Fortunately, John Kasich is not king. And, better


yet, at Netroots we have the best teachers lounge
the AFT Lounge. So stop by, relax and recharge.
Were not saying you cant come and complain
about the state of the world, but our lounge is more
of a place to share ideas and help us fight for our
students, our schools and great public services.
We call it reclaiming the promise of America.
And well have snacks!
If you cant make it to the lounge, you
can still join the fight by becoming
part of the AFTs rapid response team.
Text AFTeam to 69238.

Randi Weingarten
president

Lorretta Johnson
secretary-treasurer

Mary Cathryn Ricker


executive vice president

The American Federation of Teachers is a union of 1.6 million professionals that champions fairness; democracy;
economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families
and our communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing,
collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do.

Text roots to 235246 for updates on netroots and other


updates on ways you can take action for working people.